On Care for our Common Home is the English name of Pope Francis' recent Encyclical, Laudato Si' (or in English, Praise Be to You). It draws its name from St. Francis' Canticle of the Creatures and reminds us that the earth is our common home; we must care for it tenderly. Pope Francis calls the entire world to take action to embrace what he calls “ecological conversion.”
The document is some 40,000 words and 184 pages long, but it comes alive and is more accessible in this unique, in-plain-English reading guide. This guide offers a summary of every article in Pope Francis’ groundbreaking document and a group reflection process to help everyone read it and understand it. The article numbers in the original are retained for ease in moving between the guide and the actual encyclical.
Bill Huebsch is an author, theologian, former director of religious education, farmer, and long-time Catholic publishing professional. He is founder of PastoralPlanning.com and past president of Twenty-Third Publications. Huebsch writes and teaches extensively on the catechetical mission of the Church and on the importance of continuing to implement the vision of the Second Vatican Council.