Laudato Si: OnCare For Our Common Home

The encyclical, dated 24 May 2015, was officially published on 18 June 2015

In it Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

Top Ten Takeaways by James Martin SJ

Links to more information and activities:

Two Minute Summary of Laudato Si

Read Laudato Si online, download or order a copy here.

Cafod offers a 4 minute video for kids

And a 5-minute video for teens

Catholic Relief Services offers a set of links.

The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor

is a solemn commitment made by Catholic individuals, groups and institutions to honor God’s creation and serve poor people by doing the following:

PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;

LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change;

ASSESS how each of us —as individuals or within our families, workplaces or other organizations—is contributing to climate change ;

ACT to change our choices and behaviors contributing to climate change and;

ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable.

Adaptable ideas for families caring for creation

Here is some earthly advice from Good Ground Press