"Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the
- Pope Francis, February 12, 2014
Welcome to our initial
session on Pope Francis’s encyclical
Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has said that Laudato Si' "is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to ‘every person living on this planet’ for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.” (USCCB.com)
In this second session, we will focus on two very important issues: 1) Consumerism in a throwaway culture, which also contributes to the destruction of the environment and whose consequences weigh most heavily on the poor. 2) The need for access to safe, clean water as a human right for all people everywhere.
The emphasis of Laudato Si’ is always on the poor. How will the poor be affected by changes in their environment, from deforestation to desertification? How will the poor be affected by climate change? In this session, we will take a look at some of the many issues touched on in Laudato Si’ and see how the poor, particularly in developing countries, are affected when the environment is compromised.
In this portion of our series, we will look through eyes of faith as Pope Francis clarifies the words dominion, till and keep, and creation. From there, we will look at two very prominent words in the encyclical: environment and biodiversity. Pope Francis draws from the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, to whom the spirit of the encyclical is attributed.