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Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home)

Pope Francis' released his second encyclical in May of 2015, addressed to every person on the planet. The wide-ranging document asks us to consider the world we want to leave to our descendants, and to consider the crisis our planet is undergoing. Our challenges are both social and environmental, and the Holy Father asks us to enter dialogue and commit to action.

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A good starting point is to read the original text of Pope Francis' document.

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This diagram shows the words that appear in the encyclical most frequently. Those that appear the most often are shown in a larger font. If you move your mouse over the words, they zoom in, so you can see them better.

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On Care for Our Common Home Group Reading Guide

The six small group sessions in this booklet include group reading, discussion, prayer, and action suggestions (for communal or personal use).

Laudato Si' is some 40,000 words and 184 pages long, but it comes alive and is more accessible in this unique, in-plain-English reading guide. This guide offers a summary of every article in Pope Francis’ groundbreaking document and a group reflection process to help everyone read it and understand it. The article numbers in the original are retained for ease in moving between the guide and the actual encyclical.

By Bill Huebsch • 48 pages • Bulk-priced booklets starting at $3.50

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Laudato Si' Powerpoint & Talking Points

Laudato Si' is lengthy (about 40,000 words) and quite dense at times. There are also many misconceptions about what is in it and what it is really about. We have crafted this gorgeous Powerpoint presentation, talking points, and other reproducible handouts to help you share Pope Francis' message with your people.

The presentation contains 50 slides, featuring beautiful photos and graphics, and is organized into an overview and five additional sections. Each section concludes with a slide with reflection questions, to help you lead discussion. Full talking points are provided in a separate Word/PDF file, as well as in the Powerpoint file's speaker notes. Almost every point references a specific section in the encyclical, so you can follow up on details. We address some common misconceptions and concerns, including questions about climate change.

By Paul Canavese • In English or Spanish • Sold per-parish as downloadable resource • $15/parish

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