Laudato Si

Read the pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ for yourself

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Crux is offering our readers a few different ways to read Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.

We have posted the entire document here on Crux by chapter.

We also have a .pdf version of the encyclical, as well as a link to the Vatican website where the document is posted.

All links are below.

First, here are links to each chapter, with the sub-chapters listed so you can decide which section to read in what order.

CHAPTERS OF THE ENCYCLICAL

Introduction

Chapter One: What is Happening to Our Common Home
I. Pollution and climate change
II. The issue of water
III. Loss of biodiversity
IV. Decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society
V. Global inequality
VI. Weak responses
VII. A variety of opinions

Chapter Two: The Gospel of Creation
I. The light offered by faith
II. The wisdom of the biblical accounts
III. The mystery of the universe
IV. The message of each creature in the harmony of creation
V. A universal communion
VI. The common destination of goods
VII. The gaze of Jesus

Chapter Three: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis
I. Technology: Creativity and power
II. The globalization of the technocratic paradigm
III. The crisis and effects of modern anthropocentrism

Chapter Four: Integral Ecology
I. Environmental, economic and social ecology
II. Cultural ecology
III. Ecology of daily life
IV. The principle of the common good
V. Justice between the generations

Chapter Five: Lines of Approach and Action
I. Dialogue on the environment in the international community
II. Dialogue for new national and local policies
III. Dialogue and transparency in decision-making
IV. Politics and economy in dialogue for human fulfillment
V. Religions in dialogue with science

Chapter Six: Ecological Education and Spirituality
I. Towards a new lifestyle
II. Educating for the covenant between humanity and the environment
III. Ecological conversion
IV. Joy and peace
V. Civic and political love
VI. Sacramental signs and the celebration of rest
VII. The Trinity and the relationship between creatures
VIII. Queen of all creation
IX. Beyond the sun

If you prefer to read the document as a .pdf, you can do so here.

Or visit the Vatican website where the document is posted.

Watch a replay of the Vatican’s presentation of the encyclical.