‘When biodiversity flourishes, human life flourishes,’ Vatican official says

By Brian Roewe
May 26, 2022

The “first-person” testimonials from these and other endangered and threatened species — from the Florida panther and Andean marsupial frog, to the chambered nautilus and Philippines orchid — opened an online discussion May 23 as part of Laudato Si’ Week, the Vatican’s eight-day celebration of the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

Hosted by the Australian Catholic University’s Rome campus, the online event brought together religious, Indigenous and academic voices around the world to highlight the importance of biodiversity to the planet and humanity and ways to better ensure its protection.

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