The encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for our Common Home, was released by Pope Francis June 18, 2015. An encyclical is a circular letter to be spread through a community and, today, is almost exclusively used by the Church in reference to certain Papal documents. Encyclicals convey authoritative teaching by the Church and are grounded on theological arguments.
In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor, offering moral guidance rooted in central Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation. The encyclical themes build upon the Gospel and long-standing Catholic social teaching principles of stewardship, solidarity, and the common good.
The title Laudato Si’ comes from a 13th century prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi called “Canticle of the Creatures,” often referred to as the Canticle of the Sun. It can be translated both as “Be Praised” or “Praised Be.”
Link to complete text of Laudato Si’: click here.
Laudato Si’: a panel discussion on natural and human ecology – September 9, 2015
(For video segment with nationally-recognized meteorologist Paul Douglas on Laudato Si’ and climate change, click here.)
In the News
- Catholic Ecology: Laudato Si’ made real in Minnesota
- Catholic Spirit: Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part
- Catholic Spirit: MN Catholic leaders: Pope’s encyclical a call to act
- KMSP-TV: Pope Francis on climate change and our ‘pile of filth’ planet
- MPR: MNs embrace Pope Francis’ statement on climate change
Video and Other Media
- Humanum initiative videos and discussion resources
- Laudato Si’: A panel discussion on natural and human ecology – September 9, 2015 event
- “Catholicism and the challenge of ecology” video
- John Allen talk on Human and Natural Ecology: Anticipating Pope Francis’ New Encyclical on the Environment
- Nationally-recognized meteorologist Paul Douglas on Laudato Si’