Laudato Si’ – Words from Pope Francis and our Bishops
Pope Francis’ Encyclical from 2015, Laudato Si’, brings together centuries of Catholic Teaching, with a particular inspiration from the spirituality of St Francis of Assisi. The full text is a significant analysis of the problems caused by Climate Change, their direct impact on the poorest in the world, and the constant exhortation to “Listen to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor”. It is full of powerful quotes, and we would encourage anyone interested in this topic, whether Catholic or not, to draw deeply from Pope Francis’ insights.
Other notable texts/speeches include:
7th September 2021, Joint Message of Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Bartholomew, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby: Read the joint Message here. This is the first time these three religious leaders, who between them lead the churches containing almost all of the world’s Christians, have issued a joint message, and the words are very powerful.
Pentecost Sunday (23rd May) 2021, Message from the Bishops of England and Wales, issued as part of the work leading up to COP26: Read the words from our Bishops here
Fratelli Tutti – the Encyclical letter of Pope Francis written in October 2020, with an emphasis on how inter-connected we are (the title of the Encyclical draws from Matthew 25, and – like Laudato Si’ – is rich in the spirituality of St Francis, “We are all Brothers and Sisters”). Download the Encyclical as a PDF here.