Different Shades of Green

Ecology in Catholic Weekly Publications in Poland and Italy from 2010 to 2020


  • Marcin Jewdokimow Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
  • Wojciech Sadłoń Institute for Catholic Church Statistics
  • Marco Castagnetto Link Campus University




Catholicism, ecology, Poland, Italy, press, greening, discourse


The article investigates the process of the greening of Catholicism from a discursive perspective. Using semantic field analysis, we examined differences and similarities in the approach to ecology and “assessed” the impact of Laudato Si’—the encyclical letter by Pope Francis—on discourse in selected Polish and Italian weekly publications. The article demonstrates how ecology is being “absorbed” within the Catholic press and how it works in the discursive environment; it also reveals the process of legitimation of “ecological norms” in Catholic practical narratives which differ in Poland and Italy.


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Author Biographies

Marcin Jewdokimow, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw

Marcin Jewdokimow, a sociologist and a cultural studies scholar, is associate professor at Faculty of Humanities of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. In his studies he focuses on religion, monasticism, visual methodologies and space.

Wojciech Sadłoń, Institute for Catholic Church Statistics

Wojciech Sadłoń is Director of the Institute for Catholic Church Statistics, Poland, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. He is the author of Polish Catholicism between Tradition and Migration: Agency Reflexivity and Transcendence (Routledge, 2021) (foreword by Margaret Archer).

Marco Castagnetto, Link Campus University

Marco Castagnetto is a PhD candidate at the Link Campus University in Rome and the University of Turin. His interests span from New Religious Movements to neo-paganism, Hindu philosophies and Western esotericism studies. He authored The Lotus and the Sword: Aurobindo Ghose’s Thought and its Reception in the West (FrancoAngeli, 2020).


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How to Cite

Jewdokimow, M., Sadłoń, W., & Castagnetto, M. (2022). Different Shades of Green: Ecology in Catholic Weekly Publications in Poland and Italy from 2010 to 2020. Fieldwork in Religion, 17(2), 186–202. https://doi.org/10.1558/firn.23668