During his greeting to faithful following his address, Pope Francis spoke on his upcoming encyclical.
The anticipated encyclical on ecology, entitled “Laudato sii: On the Care of our Common Home”, will be published on Thursday, June 18th.
Latin for ‘Praised Be To You’, the title is taken from St. Francis’ ‘Canticle of the Sun’, a hymn of praise to God for His creations written in 1224.
“I invite you to accompany this event with a renewed attention to the situation of environmental degradation, but also of recovery, in its territories,” the Holy Father said to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.
“This Encyclical is addressed to all: let us pray so that all may receive its message and grow in the responsibility towards the common home that God has entrusted to all.”
The encyclical will be presented this week to journalists at a press conference by Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church; and Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.