Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us.

Encyclical Letter: Laudato si' on Care for our Common Home

Laudato si' - On the Care for our Common Home - is the Pope's Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology. Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. It's not just an 'environment encyclical', it leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and the values at the heart of social life: "What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?"

What is a Papal Encyclical?

A Papal Encyclical is a letter written by a Pope to an audience of bishops with the intention of guiding them in their ministry. Every encyclical is made publicly available for the spiritual benefit of all the people of God and to all people of good will, namely non-Catholics who may also want to read the document.

The Pope calls for increased attention for the environment ahead of Encyclical release

Pope Francis has invited everyone to pay attention to environmental issues. Speaking after the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on everyone to accompany his encyclical's publication on 18 June with renewed attention to environmental degradation, and the need to act to salvage one’s territory.

Reflection on Laudato si': Nature, nurture and human ecology

Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, a priest of the Liverpool Archdiocese and currently a lecturer at the English College in Rome, gave this reflection on the Pope's forthcoming Encyclical 'Laudato si' on Sunday, 14 June 2015. He looked at nature, nurture and human ecology.

Laudato 'si Resources and Links

The Society of St Columban has collated some excellent resources on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si' for parishes and schools.