'“Laudato Si” Encyclical'

The Laudato Si Challenge

Posted on 01. Jul, 2017 by .


Launching startups that sustainably solve the global climate change crisis by 2030

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The Laudato Si’ Startup Challenge, inspired by Pope Francis is a global initiative, an urgent call-to-action, that encourages early to mid-stage startups to grow their breakthrough solutions to the world’s boldest challenges. Teams of young people, of all faiths, all backgrounds, on every continent, are being asked to scale their profitable, innovative and sustainable products and services which address a grand challenge. The challenge category for 2017 is: climate change and involuntary migration. Startup teams from over 100 countries are now being recruited through a direct call-to-action, through global startup ecosystems, university partners and a worldwide executive network. After submitting first-round entries, the field will be narrowed to 50. Following a rigorous, 60-day screening and interview process, a panel of experts will choose the most promising 12 startups (semi-finalists) to advance into an 8-week business accelerator in Rome to expand and scale their solution.

Each semi-finalist will be offered an equity investment and mentorship as they work to become one of the finalists. All of the startups that reach the semi-finals stage of The Challenge will receive ongoing support to further define their products and services, with the goal of emerging as fully-investable enterprises. In December, The Laudato Si’ Challenge will culminate with a demo day and grand ceremony inside Vatican City. The global event will celebrate each of the six startups as they present their game-changing products and services to the world, as well as memorialize the 21st Century standard of doing business: profitable, social, mission aligned and bankable.


The Laudato Si Startup Challenge will unite humanity in common purpose and productive conversation, much like His Holiness Pope Francis’s “Revolution of Tenderness.” It will be a beacon of new business, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs to build for-profit, for-purpose companies that address humanity’s biggest challenges in ways that are beneficial to all.

Learn more about the Laudato Si Challenge here

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Laudato Si Posters

Posted on 17. Jun, 2017 by .


In response to the June 2017 update regarding the Laudato Si 2nd anniversary, Leo Sprietsma OFM provided us with a few posters of the ‘original Laudato Si” that he has recently designed.



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Pope’s Encyclical “Laudato Si”

Posted on 10. Oct, 2015 by .




Pope Francis issued an encyclical entitled “Laudato Si” which means “Be Praised.” He wrote about care for creation and for our common home: Earth. This document, Francis’ first papal encyclical, invites everyone to look at our connection to the Earth and to each other through the lens of environmental justice. Franciscans for Justice has collected resources for you in order to help you better understand the encyclical in the context of our world today.

click the photo to the left to read the document in full.

Press Release

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) issued this press release welcoming the Pope’s call to action.


The Vatican Information Service issued a summary of the Pope’s encyclical and you can access this overview by clicking here.


Franciscan Friar Keith Warner, OFM wrote this opinion piece entitled, “Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world.” He takes in insightful look at the encyclical and its message about our dependence on the environment. 

Action Alert

Send Pope Francis a “Thank You” and send your support by signing this petition created by the Catholic Climate Covenant.

Talking Points

If you are looking for a way to talk about this encyclical with your parish or congregation, these were provided to us by Russ Testa. To access this PDF click here.

Climate Action Kit

The Catholic Climate Covenant has put together this action kit to help you understand the Pope’s Encyclical and take action to support him.

Reading Guides

The National Catholic Reporter has put together a reading guide for the encyclical. To access it, click here.

Also, here is a reading guide provided by Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in English and in Spanish

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Interfaith Letter Supporting Pope’s Encyclical

Posted on 03. Aug, 2015 by .


A letter supporting the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, that is signed by some 100 New Mexican Interfaith Religious Leaders, was released Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light and the New Mexico Conference of Churches. 

Interfaith leaders talk about the letter at a press conference.

The letter was presented at a press conference attended by multi-faith leaders including Rev. Dr. Donna McNiel, New Mexico Conference of Churches; Allen Sanchez, Catholic Conference of Bishops; Sr. Joan Brown,osf, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light; Necip Orhan, New Mexico Representative, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest; Rabbi Min Kantorwitz, Jewish Leader; Msgr. J. Voorhies, Ecumenical Ministry;  and Donna Illerbrun, Principal of St. Therese School.
In part the letter reads: “As the undersigned faith leaders we work with our religious communities and our civic leaders to understand the meaning of Laudato Si/ Praised Be!…As faith leaders we support the Clean Power Plan and initiatives like the Green Climate Fund which will assist brothers and sisters suffering most from the effects  of climate change.”

Sr. Brown, Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light said “Support and enthusiasm for Pope Francis’ call to address environmental degradation, climate change and related realities of economic disparity and poverty are palpable across New Mexico. People are feeling impelled to new actions small and large.”

Executive Director of the New Mexico Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishop’s, Allen Sanchez noted, “Our Holy Father Pope Francis is calling us to make part of our spirituality a value for God’s creation. Spirituality is the deliberate discernment of ethical values that are concretized into attitudes that govern our actions. This value of stewardship is not just Catholic but can be universal for all members of our common home, Sister Mother Earth.  We can began this journey together by entering a conversation about values which embraces stewardship of earth.  These discussions should include the situation of the poor and the resources gifted to all on earth.”
“Pope Francis reminds us all, Christians, people of faith, human beings on the planet, of our central purpose.” Dr. McNiel stated, “We have been made to be care takers – of one another, and of the planet – not consumers. This reminder could not come at a more timely moment.”                              

Signatures will continue to be gathered on the Interfaith Leader Letter and may be sent to joan@nm-ipl.org.  The letter can be found at  www.nm-ipl.org and www.nmchurches.org. 

The letter will be shared with civic leaders in the state along with an invitation to read the encyclical and consider the moral and ethical teachings as decisions affecting the common good, water, air, climate, land and communities are made within the state.

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“Laudato Si” Sparks Interest From CA Legislators

Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by .


The following article is from the Catholic Legislative Network:

This week, the California Senate passed a resolution SR 37 (de Leon, D-Los Angeles) asking that the Golden State’s Legislature and Governor as well as the U.S. Congress and President consider the message from Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical, Laudato Si, in developing state and national policies on climate change and caring for the earth as our common home.

The Encyclical presents a compelling case for placing people at the center of a renewed commitment to good stewardship of the planet. Throughout the document Pope Francis continually stresses how climate and environmental policies impact our communities but especially how devastating environmental degradation can be for the most vulnerable people on Earth.

Governor Brown will now deliver SR 37 to the pope when he meets with Holy Father next week as part of a Conference with elected officials sponsored by the Vatican.

In support of the call to action embraced by Laudato Si, the California Catholic Conference is also looking at several environmental bills in the California legislature.  For instance, the Conference is now advocating support for SB 32 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Emissions Limit and for SB 350 (de Leon, D-Los Angeles) Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015.

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