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Resources and Reading on the Encyclical Laudato si'

19/06/2015 5:23 pm

St Francis of Assisi fresco

Here we have a few resources with a focus on both Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter Laudato si' and the environmental concerns in general.

Prayers

Two prayers can be downloaded using the links to the right of this page.

School Resources

CAFOD, our agency for overseas aid and development, has produced a series of resources for school pupils.

Primary Schools
These resources focus on climate change, creation and stewardship for primary age children.

Secondary Schools
These resources focus on climate change, creation and stewardship for young people.

Article

Pope Francis champions climate change with poetry. If only we could do the same.

Mary Colwell is an award-winning producer and parishioner of Clifton's Cathedral parish, who has written extensively on the environment. Author of John Muir: The Scotsman Who Saves America’s Wild Places and producer of BBC’s Shared Planet, Mary has written an excellent article for the Huffington Post:

There are many fine things about Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si' not least because it adds poetry to an issue that is saturated with technocratic and political heaviness. His opening paragraph immediately puts the reader in a different space, reminding us of our interconnectedness with all of life on earth. By quoting St Francis of Assisi, he describes the earth as our sister, "with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us."

Not the normal terminology in a document on climate change. He goes on to evoke an image of our small blue planet, whirling in an infinite blackness as a common home. No matter what color, religion, nationality or gender, we are all in this together.

Full article: huffingtonpost.com/mary-colwell

Section

cbcew.org.uk/environment
Section on the Bishops' Conference site covering environmental issues 

Prayer

A Prayer for our Earth

A prayer for our earth.pdf 62.98 kB

A Prayer inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, let's pray for the earth, our common home.

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Creation Prayer Stations

creation-prayer-stations-for-YP.pdf 520.17 kB

A series of prayer stations with a focus on Creation inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, let's pray for the earth, our common home.