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"Laudato Si'", the Environmental Encyclical: Welcome!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

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Catholic Teaching on the Environment

Church Teaching

From the Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

From the National Catholic Reporter

From the National Catholic Reporter

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Comments and Suggestions

Comments & Suggestions

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On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his long-awaited environmental encyclical, "Laudato Si'." This subject guide is designed to connect users quickly to resources analyzing this document from a variety of viewpoints. It will point to resources that praise the ideas contained in the encyclical, as well as to responsible critiques, to give the user access the the whole rang of thinking on this newest addition to the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Some links provide access to official Catholic documents from the past that deal with the environment, others search the Catholic Portal for materials at CRRA libraries on the themes of the encyclical, and still others connect the user to Catholic news and opinion websites giving access to the ongoing discussion of this controversial landmark document,

Learn More About Laudato Si'

From the USCCB

Environment/ Environmental Justice Program - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

A discussion guide on the encyclical for small groups is just one of the materials you can access on thi

Reactions to "Laudato Si'"

From the Media

Bishop David Zubik

St. Francis Preaching to the Birds

Painting by Giotto. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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