What is Laudato Si’?

Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis.  The title is derived from St. Francis of Assisi’s 13th-century “Canticle of the Sun”, which reminds us “that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life”1. “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.”2

In his second encyclical, the Pope calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action” and puts forth the question “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?” 160 

This easy-to-read document also offers us hope as “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start” 205

Learn more about Laudato Si’ through the links below, exploring the main themes and messages. As you study the materials, consider an examination of conscience – “How have I lived in communion with all creatures and nature?”:

“The world is under threat by the dark forces of greed and consumerism, as can be seen in the wanton exploitation of mother earth for profit, glaringly robbing created life of home, health and vitality. We in Singapore are all too familiar with this, having had firsthand experience of the cruel effects of corporate greed when our blue skies and clean air were invaded and replaced with choking haze. And such disregard for ecology and the environment is happening all over the world!

It is with this environmental and human ecological crisis in mind that Pope Francis promulgated his encyclical “Laudato Si” on the environment earlier this year. In it, he emphasizes the need for us to cherish the gift of creation by exercising responsible stewardship and cultivating “ecological virtues” which will ensure the sustainable use of the earth’s resources.”

– Archbishop William Goh, 2015

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