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Laudato Si’: On care for our common home

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment released June 18

Published: January 10, 2016   
This is the cover of “Laudato Si’” as published in English.


Top quotes from Pope Francis' Laudato Si'

  • God’s earth: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
  • Our responsibility: “Everything is related. We human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.”
  • Tackling pollution: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels — especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas — needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”
  • Looking to St. Francis of Assisi: “What is more, St. Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.”
  • What we are called to do: “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.”



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