The complete text of Pope Francis' encyclical letter on climate change and inequality.
"Nothing in this world is indifferent to us."
"More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire 'Catholic world' and indeed 'to all men and women of good will'. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."
- Pope Francis
"This breathtaking amalgam of urgency and poetry mines the spirit and appeals to the moral core.... The letter isn't just a manifesto for clergy and bishops, but doubles as a call to action with scientific rationale, written in plain language and addressed to 'every person living on this planet.'" (Chicago Tribune)
"A powerful, prophetic, and personal plea for governments, religions, businesses and individuals to work together to address climate change." (Time)
"An urgent call to action." (The New York Times)
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Great Concept, Integration Needing Work
Ecology as human formation.
The Holy Father draws incredible anthropological truths from observing how we interact with the environment. So many people stop at the edict of "keep the earth green", but Pope Francis urges us to look deeper and to ask the question "why keep the earth green?" And then he provides the brilliant answer: Not only is it good in and of itself, but it forms you into a good human being who can be entrusted with even greater things from God. This insight of his really moved me.
Recording papal documents is a great way to help Catholics (and all men and women of good will) to hear the Holy Spirit continue speaking in the world today through our Holy Father. Normally, I only have time to read summaries of papal documents or I start them but get too busy to finish them. This was an easy way to hear the words of Pope Francis which I could integrate easily into my life.
The only thing I would say against it is that I found it odd to have two people reading back and forth. I understand how exhausting papal documents can be to read, but it was a little odd, particularly in the first few minutes, to hear two different readers. I think it might have been more effective, and less jarring, had one of them read it.
In sum: I hope there will be more papal documents available on Audible. It's a great concept and is a great addition to the work of the New Evangelization.
- Amazon Customer
The world trully needs an Ecological Conversion.