At the end of his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis offered two prayers. This one can be shared with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful creator. All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your… Read More »A Prayer for Our Earth
For Pope Francis, the ecological crisis is not separate from the struggle for justice, peace and quality of life for human beings. To address the crisis we must remember that we too are God’s creatures, part of God’s creation, and intimately linked to every part of it, even through the… Read More »We are Dust of the Earth
Pope Francis links the ecological crisis and forced displacement, pointing out that those forcibly displaced by environmental degradation and climate change are not protected by international humanitarian law. Environmental refugees are a new category of refugees who are not effectively assisted by the international community. Who are the… Read More »Environmental Refugees
What does the integrity of human life mean to you? How do ‘great values’ come together in your life and commitments? Could they be more integrated?
Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si (On the Care of Our Common Home) responds to the environmental crisis. It builds on the teachings of Saint John XXIII, Blessed Paul VI and Benedict XVI on environmental matters and takes its name from the famous canticle of St Francis of Assisi. Pope… Read More »Laudato Si – On the Care of Our Common Home
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si (On the Care of Our Common Home). Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Conference, welcomed the encyclical, saying he was pleased to see that the letter critiques our weak response to ecological and social issues:… Read More »Laudato Si welcomed by Australian Bishops