Archive for Laudato Si’ – Response

Global response to Laudato si’

pope-francis-200x150The Encyclical Laudato si’ by Pope Francis published in June has had an amazing effect beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church.

Politicians, scientists, academics and representatives of a large number of social movements have responded to the Pope’s invitation to join a dialogue on the shaping of the future of our planet.

Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’

2015.10.jmc_statement_laudato_siThe Jesuits, volunteers, religious sisters, and Khmer collaborators of Jesuit Mission Cambodia welcome and support the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’ (On Care for Our Common Home).

The Pope’s letter speaks poignantly to us in our present time and place. Last year, Cambodia ranked first in the world for the highest rate of forest loss between 2001 and 2014, with the effect of this “suffered by the poorest,” especially the indigenous communities of the northeast. Our cities, such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, are developing rapidly, yet more and more are socially excluded, many have no voice against the rich and powerful who take advantage of them, and it is doubtful whether our economic growth leads to “integral development and an improvement in the quality of life” for the common Cambodian.

Collaborating for peace and justice in Japan and Korea

2015.09.korea_japan_social_apostolate_meetingThe Japan and Korea Jesuit Provinces took collaboration a step further in September by holding their first plenary meeting of Jesuits and collaborators working in the social apostolate of the two provinces. The meeting took place on Jeju Island, in conjunction with the 2015 Gangjeong Peace Conference.

Gangjeong Village, on Jeju Island, in South Korea, is the site of an important ongoing confrontation over the construction of a naval base. Bishop Peter Kang, ordinary of the Jeju Diocese, has given strong open support to the villagers from the very beginning, in 2007, of their protest against the planned incursion of this base into their village, which began without the legal steps required to gain village agreement.

The Spirituality of Laudato Si’ : A new issue of The Way

theway_published_news_0The latest issue (volume 54 no 4) of The Way has been published and is available now. Each issue has one article made freely available. This month’s is from Pedro Walpole: Do Not Be Afraid: Laudato Si’ and Integral Ecology

Writing from the perspective of Asia Pacific, Pedro Walpole sees in Laudato si’ a call to restore a sense of what is enough to human living, avoiding unsustainable over-consumption. One way to foster this is to deepen the bonds of solidarity between people living in different parts of the world. To live in this way will require a change of outlook that ultimately spirituality alone can promote and support.

Resources on Ecology

hands-864037_1920crop11Laudato Si’ has started a veritable “environmental movement” in the Christian world and in October, we are still reaping the fruits of this encyclical. There are several global initiatives and projects by Church communities that have developed a host of resources which discuss, explain and call us to care for our “common home”. Here we list a few of these initiatives that teachers and educators might find useful. If you know of any initiatives or resources that could be added to this list, or indeed shared on Educate Magis, please use the conversations field below to let us know.

Asia Pacific Jesuits laud Pope’s focus on ecological care

JCAPecologyThe Major Superiors of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific have offered a sincere and enthusiastic welcome for Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato si‘ (‘On the Care of Our Common Home’). In a joint statement, the Major Superiors said the Pope ‘draws attention to the urgent need for reconciliation with creation, already one of our apostolic priorities in Asia Pacific’.