Laudato Si’: Commentary, highlights, reaction to Pope Francis’ new encyclical

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical on creation and the environment, Laudato Si, has been released. What is it, what does it mean, and what do we do? Read on:

The document

Read the text in full: “Laudato Si’

Overview: All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

Highlights: Quotes from Laudato Si’



Expert commentary: Dr. Lawrence Tanner, director of Le Moyne College’s Center for the Study of Environmental Change

Expert commentary: Biologist Sister Caryn Crook, OSF, on Laudato Si  

Expert commentary: Former Vatican astronomer Father George Coyne, SJ, weighs in

Speakers: Encyclical comes at crucial time with message for all



Bishop Cunningham: Laudato Si’ should inspire conversations within our own faith communities”

Reaction: From border to academia, enthusiasm for papal encyclical runs high

Catholic leaders: U.S. Catholic leaders laud Pope Francis for encyclical on environment

U.S. Bishops: Pope speaks as a pastor in call to protect earth, USCCB president says

Faith leaders: Church leaders see encyclical as opening new wave of climate action

Archbishop Cupich: Encyclical is a “watershed moment for the church, for humanity and for the planet”


Take action

Action: The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment  



Definitions: Glossary of terminology used in Laudato Si’

For parishes and families: Resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


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