The Diocese of Des Moines

"Laudato Si" (Praised be to You)


On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis issued the encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praised be to You) in which he called on everyone to do what they can to care for our common home, the earth.


Bishop Pates says Iowa can play a role in the dialogue necessary to bring about positive change.


Bishop Pates, environmental theologian Father Robert "Bud" Grant and others will hold a news conference July 2 at which they will elaborate on the theological implications of Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si."


Come celebrate God's creation at the next Rural Life Mass Aug. 16 at the Kautzky Family Farm near Perry, Iowa.


St. John Paul II also talked about caring for the environment during his historic 1979 visit to Iowa. Here is his homily in which he called on people to be good stewards of the land.


Looking for some background on what the U.S. bishops have said about the environment? Check out this page on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website.