Resources on Laudato Si

Laudato Si’ Week 2016

Check out our page for the first anniversary of the encyclical here. We offer quotes with questions for reflection and a prayer for each morning and evening of the week.

Launch of Laudato Si’

Here is the overview of the encyclical given by Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the launch of the encyclical.

Watch the launch here:

Comment on Laudato Si’

In an early comment on the encyclical for the Daily Theology Blog, Kevin Ahern considers the text of Laudato Si’ and finds three things missing: mention of structural sin; comment on the effect of war on the environment; and a strong call to church institutions to act. In this article Follow the Footnotes, Ahern reflects on the meaning of the sources cited by Pope Francis.

Catholic Social Teaching scholar Fr Bruce Duncan CSSR provides a concise reflection on some of the key concerns of the encyclical.

Sandie Cornish explores the theme of integral ecology in a short reflection titled Everything is Connected for the CatholicCare Sydney staff newsletter. In a longer, more academic article in Asian Horizons she presents hermeneutical keys for Asian pastoral workers to enable them to play their part in making the encyclical known, and interpreting its implications for local faith communities. This paper is intended to better equip pastoral workers in Asia to engage more deeply with the meaning and implications of the encyclical for the thinking and action of local churches. Through such engagement, they may be able to make contextualized contributions to the ongoing development of the local and universal social teachings.

Catholic Social Teaching is meant to help Catholics to engage in social and political action for the common good. Laudato Si takes a strong stand on climate change, among other issues. Australian theologian, Professor Neil Ormerod highlights Pope Francis’ position on climate change in this article for The Age and places it in dialogue with the political debate about climate change taking place in Australia.

Henry Longbottom SJ examines the use of virtue ethics in Laudato Si’ in Duty Free? Virtue Ethics in Laudato Si’ for Thinking Faith.

Prayer & Laudato Si’

A Prayer for Our Earth is one of two prayers offered by Pope Francis at the end of Laudato Si. This one can be shared with all those who believe in an all-powerful Creator. We offer some suggestions for using this prayer.

"I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September, as has been the custom in the Orthodox Church for some time." Pope Francis, 6 August 2015.

Pope Francis has announced that from 2015 the Catholic Church will join the Orthodox Church in celebrating the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September. This video has subtitles in Italian, English and Spanish. Perfect for group reflection on key messages of Laudato Si’.

Quotes from Laudato Si’

Quotes from Laudato Si accompanied by reflection questions are available here. Please visit occasionally as we are gradually adding more material to encourage prayer and reflection.