The encyclical Laudato Si’, On care for our common home, was released by Pope Francis June 18, 2015. An encyclical is a circular letter to be spread through a community and, today, is almost exclusively used by the Church in reference to certain Papal documents. Encyclicals convey authoritative teaching by the Church and are grounded on theological arguments.
In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor, offering moral guidance rooted in central Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation. The encyclical themes build upon the Gospel and long-standing Catholic social teaching principles of stewardship, solidarity, and the common good.
The title Laudato Si’ comes from a 13th century prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi called “Canticle of the Creatures,” often referred to as the Canticle of the Sun. It can be translated both as “Be Praised” or “Praised Be.”
Learn more about the encyclical and find resources from the Minnesota Catholic Conference here.