Long awaited papal encyclical on the environment due at 11am UK time.


The full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical will be posted on the Catholic Herald web site at at 11am (UK time).

From yesterday’s Catholic Herald:

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to welcome the encyclical on the environment which is due out tomorrow.

During his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square today, Pope Francis said: “Tomorrow, as you know, the encyclical on the care of the ‘common home’ that is creation will be published. This ‘common home’ is being ruined and therefore hurts everyone, especially the most poor.”

He continued: “Therefore, I would like to launch an appeal to responsibility, based on the task which God gave to man in creation: ‘to cultivate and protect’ the ‘garden’ in which humanity has been placed. I invite all to welcome with an an open spirit this document, which places itself in the line of the Church’s social doctrine.”

The encyclical’s name — Laudato Si (Praised Be To You) — is taken from St Francis’ Canticle of the Sun, a hymn of praise for God’s creation, written in 1224.

The Roman Catholic church has a long history of concern on environmental issues. You can read about some of them in this article on the Think Progress web site.