Restoring Our Natural Connection

5. Lines of approach and action

Dialogue on the environment

In the international community

Dialogue for new national and local policies

Dialogue and transparency in decision-making

Politics and economy in dialogue for human fulfillment

Religions in dialogue with science


6. Ecological education and spirituality

Towards a new lifestyle

Educating for the covenant between humanity

and the environment

Ecological conversion

Joy and peace

Civic and political love

Sacramental signs and the celebration of rest

The trinity and relationships between creatures

Queen of all creation

Beyond the sun

The name for the encyclical Laudato Si' is based on St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon."  The title, Laudato Si', did not follow the usual encyclical form of having a Latin title but rather medieval Italian and translates as "Praise Be."  Read More

3. The human roots of the ecological crisis

Technology: creativity and power

The globalization of the technocratic paradigm

The crisis and effects of modern anthropocentrism

Practical relativism

The need to protect employment

New biological technologies


4. Integral ecology

Environmental, economic and social ecology

Cultural ecology

Ecology of daily life

The principle of the common good

Justice between the generations


Other Church DOCUMENTS dealing
With the environment

The Catechism of the Catholic Church does a thorough job addressing our Stewardship of God's Creation. Past Popes have also spoken about this topic. See a list of environmental quotes from the Catholic Church here

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, have written extensively on the issue of the Environment and Environmental Justice. Read More

The Encyclical Laudato Si': On Care For Our Common Home

1. What is happening to our common home?

Pollution and climate change

Pollution, refuse and the culture of waste

Climate as a common good

The issue of water

Loss of biodiversity

Decline in the quality of human life

and the breakdown of society

Global inequality

Weak responses

A variety of opinions


2. The Gospel of creation

The light offered by faith

The wisdom of the Biblical accounts

The mystery of the universe

The message of each creature in the

harmony of creation

A universal communion

A common destination of goods

The gaze of Jesus


The Holy Father Pope Francis published Laudato Si' on June 18th, 2015. It was often misrepresented as the "the global warming" encyclical when, in fact, it dives into both the physical and spiritual reality of many environmental and humanitarian concerns we are facing. Below is a breakdown of it contents by chapter according to the Vatican website:

“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains – everything is, as it were, a caress of God."          -Pope Francis, Laudato Si'