Pope Francis’ Encyclical

Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home

Highlights from the Encyclical compiled by Bonnie Mosse Funk

Drawn from the Catholic Herald:

Archbishop, Bernardito Auza, head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission at the United Nations, has distributed hundreds, if not thousands, of copies of Laudato Si and credits the release of the encyclical in the increased interest in the Pope’s visit.

He added the U.N. delegations for developing countries in particular, “see the pope as a kind of flag bearer, somebody who expresses their aspirations and positions.”

The encyclical and its plea for strong international action to slow climate change have been a constant topic of discussion at U.N. gatherings, and not just in private conversations, the archbishop said.

The pope’s call in the encyclical for an economic model that does not think only of “immediate profit without thinking what it does to the environment or what it does to the poor,” he added, “really strikes a chord among most of the delegations.”

Archbishop Auza is hopeful the encyclical and the inspiration it is providing will help national delegations rally the political will to reach an agreement for strong measures to counter climate change when they meet in Paris in November and December for the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

“The encyclical has been used at every turn in order to argue for a significant accord during the Paris conference,” he told Vatican Radio.

The encyclical has given delegates “inspiration, philosophy, theology – we might say moral arguments – on why we should do this,” he said.

“I’m sure that the encyclical has already influenced a lot the minds and dispositions of many delegations, many countries.

Articles about the Encyclical:

  • Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change (NY Times)

Don’t miss the Encyclical on Youtube (humor):