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Hope

for our Common Home

Professor Denis Edwards Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University

“Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother son, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.” (LS 92) Pope Francis’ new Encyclical arrived in my inbox when I was in an airport dealing with a missed connection, which meant I was facing a twentyfour hour delay in getting home. As I read Laudato Si’, the anxiety I felt about what I was supposed to be doing back in Adelaide gave way to other emotions. I was overtaken by profound relief that, in the midst of the global crisis of life we face, Francis is offering inspiring leadership not just to the Church, but also to the world. I felt hope springing up in my own heart, a hope that we humans might pull together for the good of the community of life on

our planet. There is deep joy in the vision that Francis puts before us all. I experienced a renewed challenge to see my life as an ecological vocation, radically committed to the earth and all its creatures. This Encyclical represents a new moment in Catholic social teaching. Since the 1980’s Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have made important contributions that call the Church and the world to an ecological conversion. But with this far more developed work of Pope Francis, the protection of God’s creation is now formally, and permanently, brought

THE FRANCIS EFFECT II: PRAISED BE YOU – ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

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The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

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