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On Care for Our Common Home Laudato Si' The Encyclical of Pope Francis on the Environment with Commentary by Sean McDonagh
Category: Books > Theology > Environmental Theology
Author/Artist: POPE FRANCIS & SEAN MCDONAGH
ISBN / ID: 9781626981737
Publisher: Orbis
Binding: PAPERBACK
Price: AU$39.95
  
Description: This book presents the full text of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on the environment issued in 2015. Preceding this text is an overview by eco-theologian, Sean McDonagh who is recognised as one of the foremost Catholic proponents of ecological awareness. This introductory section presents the theological and historical background of Laudato Si’. Included, is a synopsis of previous papal teaching on the environment and the initial influence of the vision of St. Francis of Assisi who communed with all creation. The loss of his vision is then depicted in the anti-body and anti-creature sentiments, with further degeneration in the dawning of the era of science and technology. Several specific themes of Pope Francis’ encyclical are then reflected upon. These are; climate change, biodiversity, water scarcity, the threats to the ocean and the crisis of food. The section concludes with some challenges about what must be done to turn Pope Francis’ vision into a program of effective action. In this regard Sean McDonagh urges that each one has a role to play and recounts four stories which he sees are sources of hope. These provide living proof of Pope Francis’ claim; “All it takes is one good person to restore hope.”
Recommended uses for this book
Personal reading to increase ecological awareness
Parish groups wishing to discuss and study Laudato Si’
Senior School students and University students
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