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Pope Francis Releases Environmental Encyclical

Millions from around the world have been waiting for the latest words of wisdom from Pope Francis. Read his 2015 encyclical here. Click here to access and share.

Entitled “Praised Be,” the Holy Father’s latest long-form document borrows the first words of “Canticle of the Creatures,” a cherished song, penned by St. Francis of Assisi, centuries ago. It was released June 18.

In an interview with Catholic News Service, Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Peru said the encyclical addresses resource inequality, food waste, the exploitation of nature, and human health and quality of life issues. “Pope Francis has repeatedly stated that the environment is not only an economic or political issue, but is an anthropological and ethical matter.”

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki welcomes the encyclical, saying that he hopes it will touch all Catholics to have more respect for the environment.

“St. John Paul II proclaimed St. Francis of Assisi as the ‘Patron of Ecology,’ so, it’s no surprise that St. Francis’ namesake, our current pope, has written an encyclical on the environment,” he explained. “My hope is that the Holy Father’s words will inspire all Catholics around the world to realize their personal responsibility for caring for Our Lord’s creation and recognize that this is an essential tenet of our faith.”

This is Pope Francis’ second encyclical and the Vatican reports that it will be available in more than 10 languages.

For additional resources and information on environmentally-related stewardship efforts by some Catholic organizations, follow these links: - Resources from the USCCB including statements and homilies. - details about the work of Catholic Relief Services around the world in areas suffering climate impacts. -  the new Catholic Climate Covenant website.

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