The following reflection, written by Chloe Schwabe, faith-economy-ecology project coordinator, is the last in our year-long series of opening articles in NewsNotes that examine the teachings of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’.
More than 900 people from 42 states and 22 countries met at the CommonBound conference in Buffalo, New York in July. Chloe Schwabe and Dave Kane of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns attended.
The following article examines the impact of the encyclical Laudato Si’ one year since its publication.
On February 28, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns brought Columban Father Sean McDonagh to the Maryknoll Mission Center in New York, to speak at an event celebrating the release of Fr. McDonagh’s Orbis book, “On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si': The Encyclical of Pope Francis on the Environment.”
This 16-page guide offers reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on the Gospel readings and the teachings of Pope Francis in Laudato Si'.
An excerpt from the article “What does the environment encyclical mean for Malawi?” written by Alex Muyebe, SJ, director of the Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development, Lilongwe, Malawi, and Peter Henriot, SJ, who works with Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, Kasungu, Malawi, and published in in the August 28 issue of the British Catholic magazine The Tablet.
On September 24, Pope Francis said in his address to a joint meeting of Congress, “I call for a courageous and responsible effort to ‘redirect our steps, and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.’”
September 24, 2015 - Pope Francis made history today by becoming the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress. He spoke of challenges that are complex, grave, and urgent. And he invoked four historical American figures who have shaped our fundamental values.
September 23, 2015 - Pope Francis attended four events in what proved to be a non-stop day. Two major themes emerged: climate change and immigration.
September 23, 2015 - Pope Francis gave his first public remarks in the U.S. this morning, during a ceremony at the White House. He focused almost entirely on the need to address climate change and care for the poor and most vulnerable.
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On the occasion of his first visit to the United States, the leadership of the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners offer a warm welcome to Pope Francis.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers a reflection in response to the encyclical "Laudato Si': On the care of our common home."
The following commentary was written by Fr. John T. Brinkman, MM, who attended the launch of the encyclical Laudato Si' on June 18 at the Vatican.