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 Francis begins by contemplating the […]
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: “Pope Francis calls on people […]
Will Pope Francis issue his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment on World Environment Day – 5 June? Even if we have to wait a little longer for the encyclical, we don’t need to wait to take action. Sandie Cornish The theme for #WED2015 is Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume with care. Like many of […]
Why do you think Pope Francis speaks of reconverting to a development that knows how to respect creation rather than converting? Is there wisdom from your own culture’s history, or that of another culture, that can be recovered to help meet this challenge? How are you playing a part in facing this challenge?
In what ways might materialism lead us to degrade the material world? How might we shift our thinking about the environment from a resource-to-be-used perspective to one of relationship?