Laudato si'

Dr Lorna Gold transported us back six months to pre-covid days with a timely reminder that we were already in crisis, watching forest fires raging and water levels rising. Her talk allowed us to ‘face into’ the converging crisis of the pandemic and the climate emergency, re-imagining a new normal, given that the old normal was killing the planet. It was chilling to see slides and graphs of predicted scenarios which included phrases like “ potential unravelling of civilisation”, but we were...
Lorna Gold is an important voice within the Catholic climate movement in Ireland and around the world.  She writes and speaks extensively on Pope Francis’ teaching in Laudato Sí, and her recent very personal book ‘Climate Generation’ has been highly praised.Lorna is a member of the economy group within the Vatican’s post-COVID 19 task force, vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and a member of the Irish Government’s Advisory Group on the National Climate...
A webinar organised by Jesuit Missions, with the support of Educate Magis, brought representatives from several Jesuit and Loreto works together.  Participants learnt more about Laudato Si and the work of Jesuit Missions.  They shared their experiences of caring for our common home.Learning about Laudato Si and the work of Jesuit MissionsFr Edward Bermingham SJ and Fr Edmond Grace SJ spoke with participants about the nature of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.  They...
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In an interview with Avvenire to mark Laudato si’ week (16-24 May 2020), Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ urges us to let the encyclical shape the way we think about the coronavirus crisis and find solutions to the fault lines it is highlighting. ‘Before being a “socio-environmental issue”, creation is a fundamental article of faith’, so how can a Christian view and love of the world, our common home, inspire change? This Laudato si’ week, celebrating the encyclical’s fifth anniversary, takes...
This month marks the fifth ‘birthday’ of Laudato Si. Where are we, in the journey towards addressing the climate emergency, and finding a new way of relating to creation? Dr Theodora Hawksley will introduce the theme of moral imagination, and ask how the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic might help us to recognise our global interdependence, and the need for an integral approach to human dignity, development and security.To attend this online talk simply create a Zoom...
Celia Deane-Drummond of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute alerts us to the wake-up call that we are hearing to preserve and celebrate every part of our common home.This year, we were supposed to be celebrating five years since the release of Laudato si’, the papal encyclical on care for our common home. However, instead of celebrating, we have watched with horror as the Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe. It is a natural, moral and political phenomenon, but also has theological meaning.Much...
The “Thinking Big in Europe” network had its official launch on Ash Wednesday, 26th February via a Zoom meeting.What is this project? It is a way of linking Jesuits and laypeople across the European continent and our work on ecology, inspired by the papal encyclical Laudato Si’. Specifically, the network will allow Jesuits to explore avenues of collaboration and support. It will form one branch of the bigger tree that is the Ecojesuit network.On Ash Wednesday, seventeen of us met (online) to...
Niall Leahy is a Jesuit from Ireland who is studying for an MA in Integral Ecology at the London Jesuit Centre. Here he explains what Integral Ecology is. If you want to know what integral ecology is then don’t waste your time reading this blog post and just read Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. To cut to the chase then read Chapter Four, called (drum roll…) ‘Integral Ecology’. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Still here? Then here are a few thoughts...
A Jesuit priest who has lived in Zambia for the past 65 years says a recent intergovernmental report titled ‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ strongly echoes the case made by Pope Francis in his landmark encyclical of 2015 - Laudato Si’.‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ was published last May by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and is the most comprehensive scientific report ever undertaken on the natural environment.Fr Michael J Kelly SJ is a...
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For the month of September, we are invited to ponder and pray for the protection of the seas and oceans. David Stewart SJ invites us to reflect on our use of the earth’s resources.The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network’s mission is to share the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intention widely among the people of God, in our parishes and chaplaincies, communities and families. With the Pope, we want to change our hearts, to be more ready to carry out Christ’s mission in the world. For this September,...

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