On Thursday, June 18, 2014, the Vatican released the much-anticipated encyclical on the environment by Pope Francis entitled Laudato si’ : On Care for Our Common Home. The document gets it’s title from the phrase, “Laudato Si’ mi’ Signore,” meaning “Praised be to you my Lord” from St. Francis’ of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures (1225). In the weeks and months to come, we will share opportunities to reflect on this document together so we may better inspire our students to be advocates for ecological justice and seek to become a more sustainable university. In the meantime, we invite you to read the document yourself and consider the following resources.
- Download the official Vatican-issued PDF Version: Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’
- AJCU Conversations Magazine – “Laudato Si’: Responsibility|Conservation|Sustainability
- Visit the Ignatian Solidarity Network site on the encyclical.
- Visit JesuitResource.org to access related material (sponsored by Xavier University)
- Read or watch Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. (America Magazine) discuss 10 Take Aways from the encyclical
- Visit the resource page for JCU Ignatian Heritage Week 2015 focused on ecological justice and sustainability