“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”.
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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.
He made the announcement in a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
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.
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.
June 5, 2015 – Far beyond the Jesuit world, even beyond the Catholic world, people concerned with the future of life on earth and the care for God’s creation are anxiously anticipating the release of Pope Francis’s papal encyclical on ecology and human development. The Vatican announced this week that the encyclical will be released on June 18. The expected title of the document, Laudato Sii, or Praised Be to You, draws from a prayer of Saint Francis Assisi called, “Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.”