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Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Resources and Information on Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "On Care for Our Common Home" (Laudato Si)

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American Media, "Top 10 things you need to know about Pope Francis' Laudato SiYoutube, June 18, 2015

  • Video gives a list of the 10 things you need to know about the Laudato Si

Associated Press, "Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress", Associated Press, July 1, 2015

  • Video on Pope Francis visiting Cuba and the United States. Pope Francis speaks to congress for the first time.

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Nick Fetty, "Dubuque Recognized for Efforts to Address Climate Change", Iowa Environmental Focus, December 9, 2014

  • Dubuque, Iowa was recognized by the white house well before the release of the Laudato Si for the plan they had in place to reduce greenhouse gas levels. 

Catholic Climate Covenant, "U.S Bishops Statement on Laudato Si", Catholic Climate Covenant, 2015

  • Statements of U.S Bishops on Laudato Si. Includes Bishops from the midwest.

Minnesota Catholic Conference, "Care for Creation", Minnesota Catholic Conference, 2015 

  • In order to take action you must care for gods creation. This is done by land stewardship, sustainable agricultural and food security, economic justice, and climate change.

Jonathan Liedl, "Press release: CRL co-hosts Minnesota gathering on local, national reaction to Laudato Si", Catholic Rural Life, September 9, 2015

  • Panel discussion at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Panel was held because of the outpour of Minnesota Catholics who wanted to learn more.

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Archbishop Michael Jackels, “Thoughts on the Pope’s new Encyclical,” Archdiocese of Dubuque, June 2015

  • Local Archbishop's thoughts on the Laudato Si. He talks about the two important areas in ecology: Stewardship and Solidarity.

Thomas J. Barton, “Dubuque Chimes in on Pope’s Climate Change Pronouncements,”, June 21, 2015

  • Local Dubuque reactions to the Laudato Si were mixed. Argues that while we may be able to disagree on parts, we must all agree to protect the earth.

Jacob Kohlhaas, “Kohlhaas: Pope’s Letter Worth Everyone’s Attention,, July 22, 2015

  • Whether you are Catholic or not you should take the time to read the Laudato Si. Many of the Enviromental problems are unique to the areas we are located.

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Thomas Beaumont, "Iowa Catholic Leaders press GOP to heed Pope on climate, poor", The Des Moines Register, July 2, 2015

  • For the first time Iowa Catholic leaders pushed the presidential candidates to focus their campaigns on climate change as much as they do on abortion and opposing gay marriage.

Christine Rushton, "Where is Pope Francis? A schedule of his U.S. visit.", USA Today, September 24, 2015

  • A large overview of each location Pope Francis visited during his trip to the United States. Including visits to the midwest.


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