On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released the encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In it he proposes an integrative approach to religion and ecology. This encyclical was written for all humanity and addresses not only Catholics or Christians, but “every person living on this planet.” In both 2020 and 2021, Laudato Si’ Week was held with webinars and programs broadcast online, bringing together people of conscience from around the planet. You’ll find video from many of these events in the multimedia section below. The Dicastery for Promotion of Integral Human Development declared May 2020-May 2021 a Special Anniversary Year for Laudato Si’ and at the close of that year Pope Francis launched a 7-year, 7 goal action plan to help give individuals and faith commmunities a roadmap of how to implement the ideals upheld by the encyclical.
Here you will find the full text (and a link to the PDF) of Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim’s 2016 article on Laudato Si’ that was published in the Quarterly Review of Biology. “Integrating Ecology and Justice: The Papal Encyclical” is a comprehensive overview of the meaning and message of the Encyclical itself, in addition to looking at the reach it has had and some of the response and reaction it has received.
|Books and Articles
This page features books and articles that focus on the meaning, implications, and applications of the encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. This list is updated regularly as new books and articles are published.
This page features video and audio selections that are oriented around the encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Content from Laudato Si’ Week 2020 and 2021 are also found here.
This page is an ongoing compilation of online resources about the encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
|Frequently Asked Questions
This is an updated version of the FAQ prepared for the Forum on Religion and Ecology with the assistance of Anne Marie Dalton. Gratitude to Sam Mickey for the updates.
On October 3, 2020, Pope Francis released a new encyclical in Assisi for the Feast of St. Francis. The title, “Fratelli Tutti,” can be translated as “Brothers and Sisters, All.” It highlights the theme of friendship and kinship, calling for peace and harmony among all peoples, religions, and nations.
Header photo: Ponte Sant’Angelo and the Vatican at night