The new encyclical on the environment

Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Sii,” or “Be Praised” calls for urgent action to tackle the current ecological crisis and address inequalities. Pope Francis invites us to put the poorest at the centre, the ones who are not responsible for the terrible consequences of climate change on people’s lives and have fewer resources to react. The encyclical on care of our common home makes a call for a transformational change that will allow all human beings to live sustainably in dignity.
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As a way to prepare for the encyclical and to understand its content, we have brought together several resources to help you begin your own personal reflection on confronting the challenges of climate change, particularly for our sisters and brothers in the Global South, who are suffering the most from the effects of climate change.

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Resources
  • Q&A about the encyclical

    What is an encyclical? What will the encyclical be about? These questions and more are answered in this easy-to-read Q&A!

  • Reflect on the call to preserve our planet

    “In our recklessness, we are traversing some of the planet’s most fundamental natural boundaries. And the lesson from the Garden of Eden still rings true today – pride, hubris, self-centredness always are perilous, indeed destructive.”

    These are some of the words of Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in his presentation at the Caritas Internationalis General Assembly in Rome in May 2015. His words inspire us to reflect on how we treat the planet that God created and the need to act.

  • Catholic Bishops’ statement in Lima on the road to Paris

    Leading up to the publication of the encyclical, you might be interested in reading this Bishops’ letter, signed by Bishops from all over the world and published during the UN climate talks that took place in Lima in December 2014. In the letter, the Bishops cite their first-hand experience of working alongside vulnerable communities suffering as a result of climate change as their reason for demanding urgent action.

  • What previous Popes said

Pray for climate change

A great way to begin your spiritual reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical is through prayer. Here are three suggested prayers to begin your journey.

The Canticle of Creatures

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Prayer for Stewardship

Videos

Although this will be the first encyclical dedicated principally to care of the environment, there are several principles of Catholic Social Teaching that guides us in this. Discover the Church’s teachings on care for creation and the environment with this series of short videos produced by Green Spirit TV.

Latest News
June 15, 2016

Development and Peace to present a panel on Laudato Si and its call for ecological conversion.

(C) CIDSE
July 13, 2015

I have just come back from the gathering organized jointly by CIDSE, a coalition of Catholic agencies, to which Development and Peace belongs, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in Rome, to celebrate the launch of the new Encyclical “Laudato Si” (Be Praised) and to share our first impressions,

July 10, 2015

Civil society leaders speaking at an Our Voices press conference in Rome on July 3, in which Development and Peace  participated, positively assessed the impact of the Pope´s Encyclical, “Laudato Si´, Care for our Common Home”  issued at the Vatican on June 18.

June 16, 2015

Development and Peace welcomes this week’s release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, which will be focused on the environment and care for creation. To be published on June 18th, the encyclical is expected to address climate change as a social injustice that requires urgent action.