Following St. Francis: John Paul II's Call for Ecological Action

December 3, 2020
Following St. Francis: John Paul II's Call for Ecological Action

The first book to present the environmental teachings ofthis beloved pope—the newly canonized St. John Paul—and the hopefulwords of Pope Francis, thoughtfully synthesized into a completespiritual and practical vision for the future."The ecological crisis is a moral crisis." So said Pope JohnPaul II, an unexpected and fierce advocate for ecologicalresponsibility throughout his papacy. Rather than seeingenvironmental concerns as "earthly" or "political," he showed thatthey are in fact at the heart of the covenant between human beingsand their Creator. In dozens of addresses, sermons, andencyclicals, Pope John Paul II made specific recommendations ontwelve interconnected ecological issues, including climate change,ocean destruction, water scarcity, poverty, the role of women, andwar. He showed that each could become a source of spiritual,social, and economic transformation.Following St. Francis integrates Pope John Paul II'svision with that of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology,and the galvanizing words of Pope Francis. Accessible andilluminating, it speaks to hearts and minds, to nonreligiousreaders as well as devoted Catholics, incorporating Scripture,current science, and inspiring stories of solutions andrestoration. Marybeth Lorbiecki unifies and champions the late,beloved pope's view that all life issues are related and that allforms of life deserve care. And if we work with God and each otherto protect them, we can "renew the face of the earth" (Psalm104:30).