Laudato Si'

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is an encyclical letter written by Pope Francis released on May 24, 2015. Pope Francis communicates his message “to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” The title, Laudato Si’, is taken from the first line of the letter, “Laudato si’, mi Signore,” or “Praise be to you, my Lord.” These are the words of St. Francis of Assisi in his Canticle of the Creatures.


Access the Laudato Si’ encyclical from the Vatican website:


Study guides, summaries and reflection resources can help individuals and groups engage with Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’.

Study Guide for Laudato Si’ created by The Interfranciscan Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (August 2015)

Laudato Si’ Summary created by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for the original release of Laudato Si’ (2015). Click the image above to access the English version, 20 other languages also available here.

Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide
created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (updated March 2020)

Laudato Si’: Sobre el Cuidado de la Casa Común / Guía de discusión 
Departamento de Justicia, Paz y Desarrollo Humano de los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (2020, en Español)

Understanding Laudato Si’ video series with Fr. Dan Horan, OFM (2016). Click the image above to access the video playlist of all episodes.

“Why Care for the Environment?” (Laudato Si’ Explained)
video with Fr. Casey Cole, OFM.