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Laudato Si' resources for schools

Pope Francis has written a letter addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to listen to the "cry of the earth and the cry of the poor".

Will you play your part to protect our common home?

What is Laudato Si' and what does it say?

Laudato Si’ is an encyclical written by Pope Francis, it was published on the 18 June 2015. Encyclicals are open letters written by the pope.

Laudato Si’ discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans. He says we need a new definition of progress rooted in “integral ecology”, recognising that “everything is connected” and hearing both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Pope Francis calls for all people to dialogue in society about how best to tackle the global issues we face.

It deals with many environmental issues including:

  • pollution

  • climate change

  • water

  • loss of biodiversity

  • decline in the quality of human life.

In his letter Pope Francis implores us to work together to create a better world for future generations and asks us to make the necessary changes in our lives in order to take care of, respect and value our ‘common home’.