Pope Francis has officially released his new Encyclical Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home. The Encyclical takes its name from the invocation of Saint Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures. It reminds us that the earth, our common home “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us” (1). We have forgotten that “we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” (2).
Read Laudato Si:
Study Guide for Laudato Si’ (The Interfranciscan Commission for
Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation)
The Franciscan Character of Laudato Si’ by Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. (America Magazine)
Franciscans embrace Pope’s Encyclical on ecology (English Speaking Conference – Order of Friars Minor)
Resources for Caring for Creation by Catholic Climate Covenant (Take the St. Francis Pledge)
Top Ten Takeaways from Laudato Si’ by Fr. James Martin, S.J. (America Magazine)
A Readers Guide to Laudato Si’ (Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J. – National Catholic Reporter)
Lex credendi, lex vivendi: A response to Laudato Si’ (Sister Ilea Delio, O.S.F. – Global Sisters Report)
Video: The #LaudatoWay: Five lifestyle changes you can make today (Catholic News Agency)
Official Video from Vatican for Laudato Si
Video from Fr. Robert Barron on main theme of Laudato Si
Video: Franciscans explain the meaning of Laudato Si’ – Fr. Michael Perry, O.F.M.
Understanding Laudato Si EP01: “Models of Creation” (20 min.) Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M.
Catholicism and the challenge of ecology (Catholic News Service) — interviews with many people including clergy, scientist, and lay people.
Catholic Social Teaching 101: Care for Creation (USCCB & Catholic Relief Services)
Video: Lonnie Ellis, O.F.S., associate director for the Catholic Climate Covenant interviewed in Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS
A Prayer for Earth –Text by Pope Francis I, from the encyclical, Laudato Si’ Adaptation and music by Hazzan Steve Klaper & Br. Al Mascia, OFM
What is an encyclical?:
Short take on Laudato Si’ (Archdiocese of Toronto)
Archdiocese of Washington – Laudato Si’ Graphics for #CultivatingCreation campaign
Prayer for Our Earth by Pope Francis from Laudato Si’