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Why this site?

On this site you can find a selection of annotated resources available on the web to better understand, apply and communicate the Encyclical Laudato si’ of Pope Francis.

What you can find here

A huge number of responses quickly flooded the web after the release of Laudato si’ on 18 June 2015 - instant comments, reactions and introductory presentations of the Encyclical. It would not be possible to give even a partial summary of all that material here, much less collect all of it. Therefore, you will not find those types of communications here unless they fit - along with other resources - into specific and extensive special sections. Instead, we have focused on more in-depth materials that are useful for deeper study.

Of special interest are items that help open up new perspectives in the reading of Laudato si'. Such materials give examples of its implementation and transmission, tell about good practices that the Encyclical has catalyzed, and give an idea of how the document is being received within and outside of religious contexts.

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  • Jesuits in Britain
    Various resources, also for students, by British Jesuits
  • A un anno da "Laudato sì"
    Buon compleanno, Laudato Si'! Esattamente un anno fa, il 18 giugno 2015, l'enciclica 'verde' di papa Francesco veniva presentata al mondo e accolta con favore diffuso e trasversale (ma anche fatta segno di dure critiche, basti pensare agli ambienti conservatori Usa).
  • Azione cattolica italiana - Per approfondire la Laudato si’

    Schede elaborate durante un corso di formazione dell'Azione cattolica, utili per approfondire in gruppo i temi dell'Enciclica.

  • Laudato Si, care of our common home

    Resources by Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency for the Catholic Church in Australia.

  • On care for our common home: A dialogue guide for Laudato Si'
    A resource for small group discussion: a colourful guide to Laudato Si’, bringing to life in photos, cartoons and stories this ground-breaking and challenging encyclical from Pope Francis.
  • No Time to Waste. Ending America's Climate Exceptionalism
    Climate change is the most important and neglected moral crisis of the twenty-first century. It might be a leading priority for Pope Francis, but it barely registers on the U.S. political radar, especially in this heated campaign season.
  • Laudato si’ et moi
    Un site du archidiocèse de Paris avec pistes pour agir appliquées à cinq lieux de conversion – s’alimenter et consommer,se transporter, se loger, éduquer et transmettre, vie professionnelle et sociale –, quatre attitudes que le pape évoque dans son encyclique.
  • Rapport de l’atelier consultatif sur la mise en place du reseau ecclesial pour la sauvegarde du Bassin du fleuve Congo
    La Commission Justice, Paix et Développement et la Caritas Africa du SCEAM, ensemble avec l’Apostolat social des Jésuites en Afrique et Madagascar ont organisé une rencontre régionale des commission justices et paix, des caritas et des commissions en charge des ressources naturelles au bénéfice des pays du bassin du Congo.
  • Creation at the Crossroads
    Created in collaboration by RENEW International, GreenFaith, and the Catholic Climate Covenant, is a small-group faith-sharing resource that responds to Pope Francis' call to action in the encyclical.
  • Julio Martínez: "El cuidado de la casa común"
    Entrevista al jesuita Julio Martínez, rector de la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (España).
  • Values and Voting
    Pope Francis and our faith-driven responsibility for the common good by Richard E. Pates, bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines (Iowa), in America (23/5/2016)
  • Climate of Faith
    Scientists have spoken on climate change. But will it take a leap of faith for people to change? By Laura Paskus, in Santa Fe Reporter (16/12/2015). 
  • Laudato Si'… Parole da mettere in pratica per un nuovo umanesimo

    Riflessione a seguito degli incontri dibattiti organizzati dal Movimento diocesano dei Cursillos di Cristianità dell’Arcidiocesi di Trani - Barletta - Bisceglie (anche in spagnolo) (settembre 2015).

  • Commonweal magazine
    Various articles in Commonweal, review of religion, politics, and culture edited by US lay Catholics
  • With Pope's challenge comes call for attorneys to fight climate change
    By Roza Pati, law professor and executive director of the graduate program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law. She is a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and is the Council's U.S. representative. In Daily Business Review (2/7/2015)

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What resources?

To present the material effectively, we have organized the materials according to four categories: 1. sites completely or largely dedicated to Laudato si’ 2. aids and guides with a primarily educational or pastoral purpose 3. short essays, articles and speeches that are worthy of careful study and/or open new perspectives 4. videos.
Materials in five languages – English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish – have been collected.

A final criterion concerns accessibility: On this site, you will find only resources that are easy to access and free of charge; therefore, we have not included articles or books that require payment or some form of subscription or registration for consulting them. Il sito è strutturato in cinque lingue: inglese, francese, italiano portoghese e spagnolo.

Un ultimo criterio riguarda l'accessibilità: in questo sito troverai solo risorse liberamente e gratuitamente accessibili; non abbiamo quindi incluso articoli o libri a pagamento o che comunque richiedono per la consultazione una qualche forma di abbonamento o registrazione.

What you can bring

This site presents a selection of contents that should be updated continually, in hopes of providing useful working tools and of giving an idea of the enormous impact that Pope Francis’s Encyclical is having throughout the world.

In the same spirit, having visited the site, your suggestions are very welcome to enlarge and improve the collection offered here. Please, write to encyclical2016@justpeace.va

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This map collects the resources on this website according to the geographical area in which they were produced or of which they speak