‘Laudato Si’: on the Care of our Common Home’


Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”.

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Laudato Si – “Praised Be”

Giotto.  Legend of St. Francis, Sermon to the Birds. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org

The First Reading and the Gospel of the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time make a reference to nature. The Gospel of St. Mark speaks of seeds, plants, growth and harvest. The passage from the prophet Ezekiel speaks of mountains, forests, cedars and winged creatures. We see the glory of God expressed in nature. At this moment many, especially the media, are anxiously awaiting […]

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