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Pages: 128

Size: 21 x 15 x 1.5 cm

Publisher: Veritas

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No one could ever dispute the environmental or ecological cr, 10th Jan 2019

Reviewer: Fr John-Paul Sheridan

No one could ever dispute the environmental or ecological credentials of Fr Sean McDonagh. The Irish Columban has been speaking out on these issues for many years, and has offered a steady stream of well-written and well-received books over the years. In fact he published a commentary on Laudato Si’ only last year. Nine contributors, all with equally impressive credentials, offer essays and Fr McDonagh provides an introduction. This introduction is a broad and enlightening summary of the issue of climate change and environmental destruction. He begins with some of the previous papal teaching, citing in particular Rerum Novarum (1891), Pacem in Terris (1963), and Populorum Progressio (1967). He give an explanation of Genesis and how it was understood from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries; he discusses the Conference on Climate Change organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and finally offers some suggestions for future directions. Fr Dermot Lane offers some anthropological and theological reflection in his usual clear, insightful manner. John Feehan begins his essay on biodiversity with a quotation from the Martyrolohy of Oengus and a reference to the death of St Molua, ‘Mo Lua, son of Ocha, has died, And that is what the living things bewail him, for he never killed a living thing, great nor small’ (p. 55). Would that it could be said of any of us today! Michael Punch reflects on the meaning of the encyclical for the urban context. Lorna Gold of Trocaire sums up the encyclical by saying that ‘it doesn’t seek to overturn established scientific fact … rather it casts light on what science and life experience is already saying’ (p. 94). Sr Brigid Reynolds and Fr Seán Healy study the document from a social justice perspective and Peader Kirby looks at the encyclical in the context of power and the current global order. John Sweeney offers an essay on the science and how climate change is a current reality. Fr Donal Dorr puts Laudato Si’ in the

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Pope Francis visit to Ireland

Laudato Si / Praised Be

by Pope Francis

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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”.

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