Jun 19, 2015

Laudato Si - Pope Francis teaching letter

The Encyclical Letter – Laudato Si on care for our common home – from Pope Francis is addressed to every person living on this planet.



Light video introduction to themes:

Watch images matched with some challenging phrases from the encyclical HERE

A lovely video from iCatholic with some key phrases HERE

Top ten things you need to know about Laudto Si HERE



Laudato Si - On care for our Common Home


Pope Francis has launched an important encyclical (teaching letter) and HERE is a link to the full - very easy to read - text. Over the summer we will read and reflect on its rich teaching, but here are some of the opening words from Pope Francis to you:


“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”.

In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. ....

... More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire “Catholic world” and indeed “to all men and women of good will”. 
Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home. ...."


Paper copies will be available soon from Veritas publication.