Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'

In "Laudato Si'" ("Praised Be You"), a highly anticipated encyclical letter on t

     In "Laudato Si'" ("Praised Be To You"), a highly anticipated encyclical letter on the environment subtitled "On Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis says that climate change is mainly the result of human actions, and he calls on politicians to enact new policies and individuals to change lifestyles in order to stop the degradation of the environment.
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June 18, 2015
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home

1. “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”.[1] [continue reading]

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PRAY
Pope Francis offers us two prayers for creation in Laudato Si’

WATCH
8-31-2015 - CRS/USCCB releases a video that explores “Care for God’s Creation” as Catholic Social Teaching. It features Cardinal Peter Turkson, Carolyn Woo and Fr. James Martin, SJ.
6-18-2015 - Vatican issues powerful video on Laudato Si' as a companion piece to the written encyclical -- a must watch.

CRS/USCCB Video on Catholic Social Teaching explores “Care for God’s Creation”

Features Cardinal Peter Turkson, Carolyn Woo and Fr. James Martin, SJCRS/USCCB Video on Catholic Social Teaching explores “Care for God’s Creation”CRS/USCCB Video on Catholic Social Teaching explores “Care for God’s Creation” Features Cardinal Peter Turkson, Carolyn Woo and Fr. James Martin, SJ

REFLECT
Praised be the Seizing of This Moment by Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan
Alabado sea el que aprovecha este momento por Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan

READ
06-26-2015 - National Catholic Reporter - A Readers' Guide to Laudato Si'

06-18-2015 - America Magazine - Top Ten Takeaways from Laudato Si'
06-18-2015 - USCCB - Archbishop Joseph Kurtz welcomes Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’
06-11-2015 - Catholic News Service (CNS): Bishops urged to help Catholics understand upcoming encyclical

BE INFORMED
The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40)
     The USCCB's Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people. Resources on Laudato Si' for parishes and individuals are available on the program webpage.