“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
With these words, Pope Francis begins his letter about concern for the world as the place that must be protected for the life of all the world, especially for the poor whose lives are more effected by abusive use of the environment which is our common home. It is our inheritance from ages past, the gift of a generous God and the precious legacy we can bequeath to future generations. We have a sacred duty to protect and preserve it as the precious gift of life itself.
Pope Francis continues:
I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.
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