Posts Tagged ‘Laudato Si’

Let’s not fail our biggest test

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Do you remember the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000? Did it make any difference in your life at the time? Has it had any lasting impact on your life and faith? Preparation for the Great Jubilee began on Nov. 10, 1994, when Pope John Paul II issued his apostolic letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente (As Read more

Researchers show US Catholic bishops’ denialism on climate change

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

A university in the United States has, in an environmental research paper, shown how US Catholic bishops’ diocesan communications have “collectively snuffed out the spark of Laudato si’.” The research titled “US Catholic bishops’ silence and denialism on climate change” was authored by Sabrina Danielsen, Daniel R DiLeo and Emily E Burke from the Department Read more

‘Laudato Si’ inspires young adults to faith-based action on climate change

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

It was after reading Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” that Emily Burke began wondering what she, as a student at Jesuit-run Creighton University, could do to help protect the environment. “I was really energized,” Burke recalled after reading the teaching document. “That message informed my time at Creighton.” She Read more

Mammoth pastoral letter urges Catholics to tackle ‘climate catastrophe’

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Crux Now

In a 64-page letter, Dublin’s Catholic archbishop urges Catholics to tackle the planet’s unfolding climate catastrophe. This will require ecological conversion, he says. The pastoral letter is the first one Archbishop Dermot Farrell (pictured) has released since he was installed in February. Pope Francis had announced his appointment last December. “The purpose of this pastoral Read more

The climate apocalypse is real, and it is coming

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Climate change

Scientists are warning us that because of global warming, civilization is headed toward the worst catastrophe in human history. Unlike a war, a pandemic or a depression, this is not a disaster we can recover from in a few decades. This is a calamity that will take centuries, if not millennia, to recover from, if Read more

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