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.” This section offers articles, links, multimedia resources, and a Frequently Asked Questions section for further information on this important document and crucial moment in the field of religion and ecology.
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. This list is updated regularly as new audio and visual media are released.
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