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Laudato Si', the highly anticipated encyclical from Pope Francis is now available to order from Veritas!
Considered both a powerful and controversial document, in Laudato Si', Pope Francis urges people to work in solidarity to reduce the impact of climate change, which he claims is partly due to human activity. He denounces the destruction of the earth's natural resources by the rich and powerful (both economically and politically) as 'sinful' and states that developed nations are morally obligated to assist developing nations in combating the climate-change crisis.
Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore – Praise be to you, my Lord.
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.