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.

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.

Loyola University Chicago Celebrates Laudato Si’ with Environmental Event

luc_logoLoyola University Chicago will host a day-long colloquium dedicated to exploring and reacting to Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, on Wednesday, September 9 at the University’s Lake Shore Campus. The event, “Caring for our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology and Justice,” precedes Pope Francis’s September visit to the United States and celebrates Loyola’s continued commitment to sustainability.