Laudato Si’ – Care For Our Common Home

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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

The Church’s Appeal to Negotiating Parties of COP21

What is COP21?

It is the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

How is the Catholic Church Involved?

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ calls for action against climate change. On 26 October, an “Appeal” from the Church in each continent was formally signed and made public at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office. It calls those negotiating the COP 21 in Paris to work toward the approval of a fair and truly transformational climate agreement. Read the document here.

What Can I Do?

You can offer your support in prayer, word and action!

Prayer

“O God of love, teach us to care for this world our common home. Inspire government leaders as they gather in Paris to listen to and heed the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Let them be united in heart and mind in responding courageously. May they seek the common good and protect the beautiful earthly garden you have created for us, for all our brothers and sisters, for all generations to come. Amen”

Word

Be part of the global effort to help spread the word. Share this page on your social media accounts, whatsapp groups or talk about it with your family and friends. No effort is too little, no gift too small.  We are all encouraged to exercise our “ecological citizenship”, as this would surely help to reinforce the humble and peaceable spirit of Laudato si’, and it would spiritually express communion with the universal Church.

Action

Take part in events that promote the caring for the climate. An example of such an event is the Global Climate March:

On 29 November, a million or more men, women and children will take part in the Global Climate March. The 50 000 representatives at COP21 – 25000 official delegates and another 25000 participants with various interests – need to hear the message of Laudato si’ and the voice of God’s people. To echo these in the halls of negotiation and decision is the role of citizens everywhere calling for a responsible, successful COP21. ” – Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson
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