Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’: on the Care for our Common Home’

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (LAUDATO SI’ 160)
“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” comes from a beautiful canticle by Saint Francis of Assisi, who sees the earth as our Sister who sustains and embraces us. Pope Francis’ encyclical named “LAUDATO SI’” is precisely about this common home that we share.

“Pope Francis’ latest encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”.” (Quote from LAUDATO SI’: ON THE CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME)

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Audio Programs about Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si”

This encyclical mainly describes and discusses environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and the imbalance of ecosystems around the world. The Pope reminds us that each one of us are responsible for being good stewards of the Earth as our home, to ensure that this place will still be a suitable habitat for human life in the future.

Video Programs on Environmental Issues

How do environmental protection, vegetarianism, gardening, and breastfeeding relate to one another? With a passion for nature, Fr. Anthony Chang has been working persistently to raise the awareness of environmental issues within the Catholic Church in Hong Kong. Through promoting vegetarianism, establishing the Catholic Sustainable Garden of Joy, as well as promoting breastfeeding, Fr. Chang encourages Catholics to be more conscious of the environment in their daily lives.
Estella Lee, who is well-known among the Chinese community in New Zealand, used to be just a school teacher. But God has led her to a fruitful life that is out of the ordinary. Estella has a great love for the nature, and has been very active in promoting environmental awareness. She co-founded the “Chinese Conservation Education Trust” with a few friends in New Zealand, in order to bring the message of environmental protection to the Chinese community.

Audio Programs on Environmental Issues

We invited Estella from New Zealand, to share with us her knowledge of nature’s ecosystems, the concept of sustainability and our responsibility as Catholics to be environmentally-conscious and active.