“Hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
The full text of Pope Francis’ new encyclical “Laudato Si” or “Praised Be” on our duty to care for the poor and Creation is available. It is now a part of Catholic Social Teaching. Read it for yourself at The Vatican website here: “Laudato Si”. Buy the book after the jump:
Michael Baxter reflects on the sensible world, in light of the imminent release of the pope’s encyclical on the environment. “When fully comprehended, Nature gives us pause—yet only when we pause do we fully comprehend. . .We Catholics and all people of good will would do well to pause as we prepare to ‘receive’ this encyclical.” Read his reflection in America here: The World Made Fresh
The first encyclical written by Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, or The Light of Faith, was released yesterday. It was begun by Pope Benedict and finished by Pope Francis. In it Francis writes,
“Because faith is a way, it also has to do with the lives of those men and women who, though not believers, nonetheless desire to believe and continue to seek.”
Read the entire document or selected excerpts in America magazine here: Pope Francis’ first encyclical.