Laudato Si

Pope speaks as a pastor in call to protect earth

With deep respect for science, Pope Francis is calling the world to address threats to all life through the mindset of a "throwaway culture" in his encyclical, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Read ‘Laudato Si’ for yourself

See the full text of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, in English and Spanish.

Archbishop Chaput reflects on ‘Laudato Si’

See the statement of the archbishop on the encyclical by Pope Francis on environmental concerns released today, June 18.

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."

Papal pull-out quotes from encyclical letter, Laudato Si’

The following are selected quotes from Pope Francis' encyclical letter, "Laudato Si', on the Care of Our Common Home"

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

He points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals -- believers and people of good will -- should see, think, feel and act.

From border to academia, enthusiasm for papal encyclical runs high

Long before Pope Francis' encyclical on care for creation was released, it was providing a boost for a group of women struggling to keep the negative influences of modern-day life from erasing valued Mexican traditions and treasured cultural practices along the Mexico-Texas border.

Defining moment: Glossary of terminology used in Laudato Si’

In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colorful terms to get his points across, for example, using "bat Christians" to describe those who hide their faith.

Catholic leaders welcome new encyclical

Watch a live video press conference with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as they welcome Pope Francis' new encyclical today at 8:30 a.m.

Praise be to you, Lord

Archbishop Charles Chaput calls the pope’s new encyclical on environmental concerns a serious teaching document, not storytelling. It invites discussion and reflection on creation, and humanity’s role as its stewards.