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Pope Invites All to Welcome Encyclical With an ‘Open Spirit’

During Audience, Francis Reminds Crowds Widely Anticipated Document Will Be Officially Published Tomorrow

Pope Francis is inviting all people to welcome the Encyclical on the environment, entitled “Laudato si, on the care of our common home.”

Toward the end of his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father launched an appeal, saying, “Tomorrow, as you know, the encyclical on the care of the ‘common home’ that is creation will be published. This common ‘home,’” Pope Francis stated,  “is being ruined and this hurts everyone, especially the most poor.”

“Therefore, I would like to launch an appeal to responsibility, based on the task which God gave to man in creation: ‘to cultivate and protect’ the ‘garden’ in which humanity has been placed.”

“I invite all to welcome with an an open spirit this document, which places itself in the line of the Church’s social doctrine.”

The encyclical’s name—Laudato si (Praised Be To You)—is a title reflecting St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun, a hymn of praise to God for His creations, written in 1224.

Since being elected Pope in March 2013, Francis has very frequently shown concern for the environment, in line with his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was at times termed the ‘Green Pope.’ Both Pontiffs consistently have called for the safeguarding of creation.

Tomorrow, a press conference to present the encyclical is being held for accredited journalists in the Vatican’s New Synod Hall in Vatican City. Those speaking include Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, His Eminence Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church, Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services and former dean of the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. 

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

‘Awaiting the Encyclical: Some Context:’ by Father Thomas Rosica: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/awaiting-the-ecology-encyclical-some-context

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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