Posts Tagged ‘Laudato Si’

All Catholics invited – commit to Laudato Si’ and save creation

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics to a seven-year journey to become totally sustainable. The “predatory attitude” toward the planet must end, he says. The new initiative, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, is “a seven-year journey that will see our communities committed in different ways to becoming totally sustainable, in the spirit of integral ecology,” Read more

Earth Day – an urgent reminder to protect ‘our common home’

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
Earth Day

Thursday, April 22, we joined the global celebration of Earth Day and appropriate for Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ famous environmental encyclical letter “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Citing Francis of Assisi – patron saint of ecology – Pope Francis writes “our common home is like a sister with whom we Read more

Mother Earth: With greatest respect

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Mother Earth

There are two prayers I love which both connect me to Mother Earth. The first is one my uncle said, as a grace before we ate as a family. I loved the rhythm of this prayer and although I do not recall the exact words, he would begin by giving thanks to God the Creator Read more

Pope: enjoying food and sex is simply divine

Monday, September 14th, 2020

The pleasure we get from enjoying food and sex is “divine”, says Pope Francis. These pleasures have unjustly fallen victim to “overzealousness” on the part of the Church in the past which is “a wrong interpretation of the Christian message,” he says in a newly-published book of interviews with Carlo Petrini, an Italian culinary writer. Read more

Lack of respect for life, for nature have same root, pope says

Monday, September 7th, 2020

A lack of respect for human life from conception to natural death and a lack of respect for the environment are both signs of a person claiming power over something that is not theirs to control, Pope Francis said. “They are the same indifference, the same selfishness, the same greed, the same pride, the same Read more

Religious order gives newspaper $1.5 million

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) are giving the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) newspaper a gift of $1.5 million. The money is to be used to support and amplify “integral ecological education and journalism reflecting the spirit of Laudato Si’.” The Sisters’ gift marks the establishment of the Laudato Si’ Fund, which NCR is Read more

Judging the signs of the times

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a scene where the Pharisees and Sadducees, in their desire to test Jesus, ask him to show them a sign. In reply to them, Jesus says that in the morning when the sky is red and threatening you say that today it will be stormy. “You know how Read more

Philippine diocese becomes first to switch to solar power

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The Vatican has praised a Philippine diocese for becoming the first in the entire Catholic Church to adopt renewable energy. Vatican officials have released a document offering a guide for Catholics on how to take care of the earth as God’s creation and man’s “common home,” citing the diocese’s response to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Read more

Laudato si’ encyclical’s anniversary celebrations start on Sunday

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The Vatican will launch a year-long celebration of Laudato si’ on Sunday, to mark Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment’s fifth anniversary. The “special Laudato si’ anniversary year” is an initiative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The Dicastery has organised events this week in the lead-up to the celebratory year, including several Read more

Beating COVID-19 is just the beginning

Monday, May 18th, 2020
laudato si week

As we have united against the coronavirus threat, let us also work together against climate change and all threats to healthy human life on this planet, we can grow through this crisis and build a better world together says  Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand  Director, Julianne Hickey. To mark 5th anniversary of the publication of the Read more