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The Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica

A DOOR…

MERCY TO ALL…

A SPECIAL YEAR…

What’s It all about?  See Sr. Joan’s blog on this site.

The Holy Year symbol of God's mercy chosen by Pope Francis


IT IS HERE: the document everyone is talking about.

ON CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME

The pope’s Encyclical is called “LAUDATO SI”. These are the opening words of St. Francis of Assisi from his famous “Canticle of Creation.” Pope Francis begins this important encyclical:

Praise be to you my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Most Papal encyclicals from the past were all written in Latin and were directed primarily to the bishops and hierarchy. Consequently most of us lay people found them boring and we could easily dismiss them. This document of Pope Francis is different. It is written in plain everyday Italian because the pope wants it accessible to all. This means that our English translation of the Italian is exactly what the pope wants to say …..to us!

We urge you to read this important message. Pope Francis continues his challenge to the rich and the wealthy of this world (most of us) to take seriously the dangers of climate volatility which more often than not negatively affects the globally poor.

You can find LAUDATO SI here.