July 05, 2018

International Conference 5-6 July Marked Third Anniversary of Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'

'Laudato Si': Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth' is the title of an International Conference on the third Anniversary of the Encyclical Letter 'Laudato si', that was held in Rome from 5-6 July 2018. The video of the conference is archived on the conference website. In addition, a number of the presentations and documents are also available.

Nearly three years after the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, the Pontiff’s prophetic words continue to ring in our ears: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (LS, 160) The International Conference organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to celebrate the third anniversary of Laudato Si’ aspired to communicate above all a sense of deep urgency and profound concern for the precarious state of our common planetary home.

Pope Francis addresses conference participants

In his address to the International Conference, Pope Francis said

'I thank all of you for coming together to “hear with your hearts” the increasingly desperate cries of the earth and its poor, who look for our help and concern... Your presence here is the sign of your commitment to take concrete steps to save the planet and the life it sustains, inspired by the Encyclical’s assumption that “everything is connected”. That principle lies at the heart of an integral ecology…’

There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse.

So I express my hope that concern for the state of our common home will translate into systematic and concerted efforts aimed at an integral ecology.'

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