(By Giulio Grecchi, Western Region Voice of the Poor Representative)
The Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’, issued on Thursday June 18, takes its title from the first verse of St. Francis of Assisi's "The Canticle of the Creatures", a 13th-century prayer giving thanks to God for its Creation. The Canticle of the Creatures is one of the earliest writings in Italian and a classic in Italian literature.
The encyclical addresses in non-uncertain terms the impact of environmental degradation and climate change on the poor and vulnerable of the world and on future generations.
Here are some resources for us to familiarize ourselves with the encyclical:
- America Magazine provides a very useful map for navigating the encyclical, with a summary of each of the six chapters: http://americamagazine.org/issue/laudato-si-map
- The National Catholic Reporter offers “A readers’ guide to Laudato Si’” by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ with chapter-by-chapter teaching and questions:
- Interview - Dr. Lothes talks to Katie Couric about Pope Francis and Laudato Si' - Dr. Erin Lothes is an Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth; researcher, faith- based environmentalism and energy ethics. I met Dr. Lothes, when we were both members of the organizing committee of the NJ Catholic Coalition for Environmental Justice in 2002-2006: https://screen.yahoo.com/katie-couric/pope-releases-major-climate-change-092641415.html
- The Catholic Climate Covenant: for comprehensive information on Care for God’s Creation: http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/