Praise be to you, My Lord - Laudato Si’
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, released an Encyclical Letter On Care for Our Common Home today entitled Laudato Si’.
This encyclical is an urgent appeal to the world “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”(pph 14) Pope Francis draws on scientific research to clearly indicate the global ecological crisis which we face and to highlight the impact that this has on us all, but especially on the poorest of the world due to global inequalities.
This rich and extensive document speaks to us about the role that we all have in care for Creation. He echoes Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in saying “(as) Christians, we are also called ‘to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbours on a global scale. It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet’” (pph 9)
You may view the entire Encyclical by clicking this link to the Vatican Website , or you may use this link to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops website to access the Encyclical and view several resources that they have compiled to accompany it.
The Archdiocese has created a series of short reflections on the encyclical. You can access them by visiting http://caedm.ca/laudato.aspx