“This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience yesterday, the day before his encyclical Laudato Si was published. “Mine is an appeal for responsibility … I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit”.
Scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in yesterday’s Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.
Integral ecology is a key concept in chapter four of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. It flows from his understanding that “everything is closely related” and that “today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis.”
The papal encyclical Laudato Si’ is a call to people of the 21st century for change and action. Even if technically an encyclical is a letter to the bishops, the interest and fervor Laudato Si’ is generating extends much further than the bishops and the communities of Catholics around the world.
Jaime Tatay Nieto, SJ
The pope’s encyclical on the environment is not as new as it might appear from the outset. In fact, it is a logic consequence of decades of reflection about some problems – social and environmental – that cannot be detached and must be addressed together.