Brothers and Sisters,
Today we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Ladato Si, an important and thoughtful reflection of Pope Francis on the call to all people of good will to Care for God's Creation. In commemoration of this anniversary my brother bishops of California and I are releasing "God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home," a pastoral statement on the meaning of environmental stewardship in our bountiful state of California.
I invite you to read this statement,
to pray about it and to ask God, and yourself, what it call you to do. God has gifted us with so many natural riches. He has also given us a great responsibility to care for our world and to understand our place in the web of life.
May God continue to bless us and guide us in the care of all that He has made.
Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes