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RESOURCES for Engaging with Laudato Si'

In preparation for the commencement of the Mercy International Reflection Process we are each encouraged to read/explore/engage with the encyclical Laudato Si' by way of readying our minds/hearts/selves for our shared undertaking.

                                                                 

Summaries:

Laudato Si': Summary of Chapters & Themes by the Vatican (7pps; PDF) (Link)

EcoJesuit has produced an online 'Guidance map for Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’' with brief descriptions of specific chapters, 'for readers who wish to engage with this document in terms of human development perspectives but who may not share the same faith convictions'.

 
Readers Guides:

A Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' by National Catholic Reporter (8pps; PDF) (Link)

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach has produced Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide to help people learn and reflect on Pope Francis’ teaching, and find direction on ways to respond. Download it here (8pps; PDF)

Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide - This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document. Prepared by USCCB Justice Peace and Human Development. (20 pps; PDF) 

'Ethics and Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'. Teaching Module (20 page PDF) and Student Handout (11 page PDF) by David E. DeCosse and Brian Patrick Green, Santa Clara University.

Study Guide for Laudato Si'. The Interfranciscan Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (17 pps; PDF). Download here

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Laudato Si' by America magazine (text) (video; 04:22)

Thomas Reese sj a senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter is publishing a series of columns on the chapters of Laudato Si’ in NCR. As these are published we shall link to them here. The first four are:
'Pope Francis: 'Facts are more important than ideas.' (ch 1)
'Revelation and creation: respecting and sharing God’s gift?.' (ch 2)
'Pope Francis: Technology + greed = disaster?.' (Ch 3)
'Integral ecology: everything is connected' (ch 4)

'Companion and Study Guide To The Encyclical Praise Be To You by Pope Francis'. Compiled by Professor Eamonn Conwayand Cathal Barry. It is published by the Irish Catholic ( paper) and by Trocaire, the Irish Catholic Relief Agency overseas, an organisation well placed to identify and deal with humanitarian crises. Colourful and well laid out. Very suitable for second-level students, indeed for everyone . Available from the Irish Catholic Shop

'Laudato Si' Reflection Resource: On Care for Our Common Home,' developed by Terri MacKenzie, SHCJ, is a 5-session resource for group use. Download it here (16pps; PDF)

'Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home'. Module of Six Sessions designed for Group Work by Denise Boyle fmdm. Mercy Global Action. Download it here (14pps; PDF)

Overview of Laudato Si' produced by the Archdiocese of Washington. Download it here (2pps; PDF)

'Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home'.  A Study Guide on the Encyclical by Pope Francis produced by the Archdiocese of Washington. Download it here (13pps; PDF)

 
Short articles:

' We're called to profound change, a radical new consciousness of our relatedness within every aspect of creation and to grow into a spirituality that will encourage, motivate, galvanise and nourish us ,' writes Catherine Shelton rsj in  'Spirituality of Communion'. Read it here

Overview of Laudato Si' by New Zealand theologian Neil Darragh, indicating the concerns, the care, the change and the integrated approaches the Pope hopes for, can be read online here

LCWR's most recent Resolution to Action (vol. 24 no.3) : 'Climate: A Common Good' has been written by Marianne Comfort, Institute Justice Team, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Download it here (PDF)

Leonardo Boff - The Magna Carta of integral ecology: cry of the Earth-cry of the poor

 
Discussions:

The Theologians Respond: Laudato Si . Discussion panel organised by America magazine. View it here (1:02:45)

A number of influential theologians, ethicists and philosophers offer short reflections on the encyclical and assess its moral and political significance. Read their reflections here

The Francis Effect 11: Praised Be You – On Care for our Common Home developed collaboratively by developed collaboratively by three Australian Catholic Agencies: Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Earthcare Australia and Catholic Mission Read it online here (Issuu digital publishing platform.

 
Policy Papers

CIDSE, an alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America under the umbrella of CIDSE to fight poverty and inequality, has produced a policy paper based on an ethical approach, inspired by Laudato Si'. The policy paper called Paris, for the People and the Planet: the Encyclical Laudato Si’ – what it means for the COP21 negotiations and beyond, can be downloaded here (20 pps; PDF)

 
Video reflections:

Salt and Light TV (Canada) have produced a video reflection on St Francis' 'Canticle of Creation' Laudato Si'.

Watch it here (02:30)

 

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This video reflection was produced by the Vatican to accompany the release of the papal encyclical. Texts appear first in Italian then in English translation. This resource provides a visual entry point for engaging with the themes of the encyclical 

The reflection can be viewed here (06:18). 

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A musical arrangement of 'A Prayer for the Earth' by Hazzan Steve Klaper & Br Al Marcia OFM.

Watch/listen here (03:43)

Bright and uplifting

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A visual meditation on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si' by the Well Spirituality Center. 

Watch/listen here
(04:43)

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A video reflection of 'A Prayer For our earth' created by Catholic Health Association USA 

Watch/listen here (01:45)

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     Catholic Earthcare Australia has released a short video entitled Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.

    Watch/listen here
    (03:27)

     
    Powerpoint:

    CAFOD has created a 38 slide powerpoint with quotations from the encyclical interspersed with photos from a range of locations and texts from a variety of sources including Thomas Berry, Evangelii Gaudium, Bishops Conferences and finishing with the prayer for the earth.

    Download the ppt here (6 MB)

     
    Animations:

    CAFOD: Laudato Si' animation for young people (04:55) Watch it here

    CAFOD: Laudato Si' animation for children (04:08). Watch it here

     

     
    Videos:

    Laudato Si' Conference 2016

    On June 13-17, 2016, the “Laudato Si Online Conference” featured Vatican officials and leading experts from different backgrounds who dialogued about the crisis affecting our common home and reflected on the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message on occasion of its first anniversary.

    The four webinars can be accessed from the Global Catholic Climate Movement website

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    Catholic Theological Union's 'On Care for Our Common Home Series' gives insight into Laudato Si' through select passages which illuminate the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

    There are 9 episodes:

    Episode 1: C. Vanessa White
    Episode 2: Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF
    Episode 3: Edward Foley, Capuchin
    Episode 4: Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
    Episode 5: Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
    Episode 6: Stephen Bevans, SVD
    Episode 7: Dianne Bergant, CSA
    Episode 8: Robin Ryan, CP
    Episode 9: Antonio Sison, CPPS

    Download the Study Guide here (10pps; PDF)
     

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    Creation takes us all over North America to meet people with stories that highlight Catholic environmental principles. Our stories draw attention to many issues – waste management, urban and local farming, water shortages, contamination and waste water treatment– and offer the answers that many of you are seeking with regards to our concerns about the environment.
    Watch the six part series online

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    'Catholicism and the challenge of ecology.' Published ahead of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church's role in promoting the stewardship of creation.

    Watch it here (17:55)

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    Laudato Si' A Canadian Response - Final Master Nov 20. This video takes us through each of the chapters of the encyclical with a clear explanation of the ideas procvided by a number of interviewees including Maude Barlow, David Suzuki amongst others.

    Watch this excellent video here (35:55)

     
    e-books

    Tom Reese sj, senior analyst for NCR, is the author of the well-received and widely-used 'A Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' (8pps; PDF), listed in our resource collection abovel. A compilation of his writings about Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, including the Guide, is now available as an e-book. Details are here

     
    Audio Recordings:

    Catholic Theological Union's 'On Care for Our Common Home Series' gives insight into Laudato Si' through select passages which illuminate the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

    There are 9 episodes:

    Episode 1: C. Vanessa White
    Episode 2: Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF
    Episode 3: Edward Foley, Capuchin
    Episode 4: Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
    Episode 5: Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
    Episode 6: Stephen Bevans, SVD
    Episode 7: Dianne Bergant, CSA
    Episode 8: Robin Ryan, CP
    Episode 9: Antonio Sison, CPPS

    Download the accompanying study guide.

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    An audio recording (male voice) of Laudato Si' in English in chapters:

    Introduction
      1-16 (16:19)
    Chapter One: What is Happening to Our Common Home
      17-42 (24:15)
      43- 61 (19:30)                       
    Chapter Two: The Gospel of Creation
       62-83 (23:00)
       84 -100 (16:20)
    Chapter Three: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis
      101-114 (15:59)
      115-136 (21:50)
    Chapter Four:
    Integral Ecology
    137-162
    (25:32)
    Chapter Five: 
    Lines of Approach and Action
     
    163 - 201 (38:21)
    Chapter Six:
     Ecological Education and Spirituality
    202- 227 (23:58)
    228- 246 and Two Prayers (20:16)

    An audio recording (female voice) of a reading of the Encyclical can be downloaded in mp3 files from the Village doings website. The recording can be downloaded as 8 mp3 files or in one 56mb file. Visit the website to download the files here

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