Laudato Si

Monarch butterfly sitting on a hand.

Awe and Wonder of Creation

St. Francis’ response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection.
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Loving God Means Loving Creation

We must foster a genuine and affectionate connection to our world before we can effect change within it.
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Hearts Moved to Praise

When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them.
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Dear Reader: God Is the Artist

Though St. Francis of Assisi was, to his core, an institutional Catholic, he found God everywhere, not just under the roof of a church.
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Loving Creation, Loving God 

When we allow ourselves to be as open as a child in our relationship with creation, we are one step closer to bringing about the kingdom of God. 
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Birds fly as the sun sets over the mountains near Assisi, Italy, in this Oct. 26, 2011, file photo. St. Francis, who was born in Assisi in the 12th century, is the patron saint of ecology and his feast day is Oct. 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope, in document on climate crisis, criticizes science ‘deniers’

After warning the world against ignoring the cries of the earth and the poor with his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis intensified his critique with "Laudate Deum" (Praise God).
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