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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Called into dialogue about our common home

Let us continue to reflect on the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si.
Nothing in this world is indifferent to us
3. More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire “Catholic world” and indeed “to all men and women of good will”. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.

We are called to enter into dialogue about our common home.

Today the entire Province of the United States and Canada is going to listen to the calls of our General Chapter explained more fully by those who were there. One of those calls concerns our efforts for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation. This is what is inspiring me to return to quote from Laudato Si. The Pope is speaking to all people; we need to reflect on his words again, even if we have read them before. We need to think what are we doing now to save our environment? What will I do today?

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