Resources for Engaging with Laudato Si'

In preparation for the commencement of the Mercy International Reflection Process on 8 December 2015, we were each encouraged to read/explore/engage with the encyclical Laudato Si' by way of readying our minds/hearts/selves for our shared undertaking.                                 


Laudato Si': Summary of Chapters & Themes by the Vatican (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:

Living Out Laudato si': A Commentary and practical resource for Canadian Catholics is a 30 page resource 'towards making a radical transformation, at the service of a better future' (PDF)

A Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' by National Catholic Reporter (PDF)

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. English (PDF); Spanish (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. English (PDF), Spanish (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 (PDF)

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

Laudato Si': Reader's Guide to the Encyclical by Thomas Reese sj a senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter. In addition, he has written a series of columns on the chapters of Laudato Si’ in NCR. These 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)
Saving the environment through dialogue and transparency (ch 5)
Francis on environmental education and spirituality

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

Overview of Laudato Si' produced by the Archdiocese of Washington (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. (PDF)

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


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

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 this video reflection on St Francis' 'Canticle of Creation' Laudato Si'. (02:30)

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 (06:18)

A musical arrangement of 'A Prayer for the Earth' by Hazzan Steve Klaper & Br Al Marcia OFM (03:43)

A visual meditation on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si' by the Well Spirituality Center (04:43)

A video reflection of 'A Prayer For our Earth' created by Catholic Health Association USA (01:45)

Catholic Earthcare Australia has released a short video entitled Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action (03:27)


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

'Catholicism and the challenge of ecology.' Published by  Catholic News Service 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 (17:55)

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 (35:55)

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.

View the trailer


Watch the six part series for free online
Audio Recordings:

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

  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
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

Catholic Theological Union’s On Care for Our Common Home series gives insight into Laudato Si’ through select passages that illuminate Pope Francis’ encyclical addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future. The series features reflections by faculty of Catholic Theological Union, and can be used by parish groups or discussion gatherings or for personal reflection.

The Videos of this series can be individually accessed here



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

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