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Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father on Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” or “Praise Be to You is an urgent call to tackle the current ecological crisis by making a paradigm shift that will allow all human beings to live sustainably in dignity.

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To mark the 5th anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, the Interdicasterial working group of the Holy See on integral ecology has published “Journeying towards Care for our Common Home – 5 years after Laudato Si’” to guide us on the path to the implementation of the teachings of the encyclical.


Laudato Si’ online:

Join our Laudato Si’ week webinars to understand more about the encyclical and why it is even more relevant five years on from its release.


Laudato Si’ on your own:

Take the intergenerational pledge for our common home and make a personal commitment to care for our common home.

Reflect on the encyclical with inspiring quotes

Let Laudato Si’ take you to the heart of what it is to be human. Click here to take a personal reflection journey with Development and Peace.

Discover key elements of the encyclical with the Green Churches Network’s website section: Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell


Laudato Si’ with your community:

Living out Laudato Si’: See, learn, pray and act with your community with this practical resource developed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Explore Laudato Si’ with a small group with this dialogue guide created by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice.

Have another guide or resource you have used for your community? Let us know about it and we will share it here!


Laudato Si’ with the world:

Join our For our Common Home campaign and stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable who care for our common home.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is training and building a network of Laudato Si’ animators across the world to spread the message of the encyclical. Find out more here.







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June 3, 2020

To mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, Development and Peace offered a webinar to introduce people to the abiding relevance of its message.

May 29, 2020

Five years ago, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’, which is a call to all people...

May 20, 2020

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark encyclical, Development and Peace’s deputy director of animation for Atlantic and Central Canada offers everyday ideas for living its precepts.

May 16, 2020

Five years ago, Pope Francis shared with the world his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. Join us over the coming days in celebrating Laudato Si’ and re-committing to live out its call to care for our common home. Here’s how! 

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June 15, 2016

Development and Peace to present a panel on Laudato Si and its call for ecological conversion.

July 13, 2015

I have just come back from the gathering organized jointly by CIDSE, a coalition of Catholic agencies, to which Development and Peace belongs, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in Rome, to celebrate the launch of the new Encyclical “Laudato Si” (Be Praised) and to share our first impressions,

July 10, 2015

Civil society leaders speaking at an Our Voices press conference in Rome on July 3, in which Development and Peace  participated, positively assessed the impact of the Pope´s Encyclical, “Laudato Si´, Care for our Common Home”  issued at the Vatican on June 18.

June 16, 2015

Development and Peace welcomes this week’s release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, which will be focused on the environment and care for creation. To be published on June 18th, the encyclical is expected to address climate change as a social injustice that requires urgent action.