On 4 October, the feast day of St Francis and conclusion of the Season of Creation, Pope Francis will release Laudate Deum meaning “Praise God”, an ecology document intended to follow up on his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home.
Laudate Deum is an apostolic exhortation. As the category suggests, these are papal addresses urging consideration of a particular spiritual matter or activity, in this case the climate crisis. In the 8 years since Laudato Si’ was published, climate change has accelerated, evident in record temperatures, Arctic-Antarctic meltdown, extreme droughts, storms, wildfires, loss of life and damage.
The launch of Laudate Deum will be live-streamed from Rome at 3:30pm Newfoundland time on 4 October.
Watch it here or view the recording later.