Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home is an encyclical from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. May 2020 marks the 5th Anniversary of the encyclical and the beginning of the Laudato Sí Year.
Seattle University resonates strongly with the values set out by Laudato Sí. We are already a university setting the bar for sustainability and environmental justice, and our involvement in the goals of Laudato Sí is taking this commitment even further.
This is sparking a conversation not just about climate change but about ethical consumption, social justice, human rights, and the preservation of our common home. This is different than encyclicals of the past because Pope Francis has addressed Laudato Sí to all people, not just those in the Catholic Church. This mirrors our values at ICTC, wanting to expand what it can mean to be Catholic and create beloved community for all SU community members, not just those of this faith.
Here at the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, we want to take any opportunity to integrate Catholic values into campus culture, and Laudato Sí is a fantastic way to combine environmental justice and spirituality. We have hosted various Laudato Sí conversations and summits, and have quite a few more planned. You can find these on our events page! Events
Hearing the Cry of the Earth & the Cry of the Poor:
In cooperation with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted an online dialogue on the powerful message, continuing importance, and future implications of Laudato Sí with Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the encyclical’s architects from the Vatican, Christiana Zenner, a theologian focused on environmental ethics, Dan Misleh, a leader in acting and educating on the encyclical, and Kim Wasserman, a grassroots voice on the front lines of environmental justice. Watch the video on Georgetown University’s website (https://catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu/events/laudato-si-after-five-years)
AJCU April 2020 Connections - Five years ago, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si', an encyclical (or letter) on the importance of caring for the earth, "our common home." Since then, Jesuit colleges and universities have been among the institutions of higher education across the world to respond to the Pope's message by making positive environmental changes on their campuses. This month's issue of Connections highlights six of those schools: Creighton, Georgetown, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Maryland, Rockhurst and the University of San Francisco. Read more here: https://www.ajcunet.edu/connections
America – The Jesuit Review has an extensive archive of news stories covering Laudato Sí. Recent articles include:
View the entire archive here: https://www.americamagazine.org/topic/laudato-si
Welcome to the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’!
Pope Francis invites us to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si' from May 24, 2020 to May 24, 2021 - a whole year! There are many ways you can participate from home on your own, with your family, or virtually with your group, parish or community. Learn more here: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resource/laudato-si-year