October 4, 2023
Praise God for all his creatures! Today, on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released Laudate Deum (Latin for “Praise God”), an eagerly anticipated follow-up to his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’. In six chapters and 73 paragraphs, the Holy Father shares the growing importance of caring for our common home and calls for co-responsibility in the face of the climate emergency.
Read Laudate Deum
Coming in at less than a third of the length of Laudato Si’, Laudate Deum is a quick read and well worth the time. You can find the unabridged exhortation here: https://mogc.info/LaudateDeum
Five Takeaways from Laudate Deum
We are studying Laudate Deum and want to share with you our initial thoughts in our article Five Takeaways from Laudate Deum.
Seeing the signs of the times that most climate change is caused by human activity, and some climate devastation is irreversible and unequal, discerning the call of our faith to respond to the climate crisis, and calling for meaningful action at the national and international level, Pope Francis speaks with the urgency that the climate crisis demands, and with a focus on the most vulnerable communities, especially those living with poverty.
What can you do now?
Join a webinar to learn more about Laudate Deum, organized by the Catholic Climate Covenant tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 5 at 12pm Eastern Time.
Sign a letter to world leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in December about the need for wealthy nations to contribute to the Loss and Damage Fund to help countries most vulnerable to climate change.