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Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis: On Care for Our Common Home

Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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The complete text of Pope Francis' encyclical letter on climate change and inequality.

"Nothing in this world is indifferent to us."

"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."
- Pope Francis

Listen to Pope Francis' encyclical in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, or German.
©2015 Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Radio Vaticana (P)2015 Radio Vaticana

Critic Reviews

"This breathtaking amalgam of urgency and poetry mines the spirit and appeals to the moral core.... The letter isn't just a manifesto for clergy and bishops, but doubles as a call to action with scientific rationale, written in plain language and addressed to 'every person living on this planet.'" (Chicago Tribune)
"A powerful, prophetic, and personal plea for governments, religions, businesses and individuals to work together to address climate change." (Time)
"An urgent call to action." (The New York Times)

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Great Concept, Integration Needing Work

If you could sum up Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis: On Care for Our Common Home in three words, what would they be?

Ecology as human formation.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Holy Father draws incredible anthropological truths from observing how we interact with the environment. So many people stop at the edict of "keep the earth green", but Pope Francis urges us to look deeper and to ask the question "why keep the earth green?" And then he provides the brilliant answer: Not only is it good in and of itself, but it forms you into a good human being who can be entrusted with even greater things from God. This insight of his really moved me.

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Recording papal documents is a great way to help Catholics (and all men and women of good will) to hear the Holy Spirit continue speaking in the world today through our Holy Father. Normally, I only have time to read summaries of papal documents or I start them but get too busy to finish them. This was an easy way to hear the words of Pope Francis which I could integrate easily into my life.

The only thing I would say against it is that I found it odd to have two people reading back and forth. I understand how exhausting papal documents can be to read, but it was a little odd, particularly in the first few minutes, to hear two different readers. I think it might have been more effective, and less jarring, had one of them read it.

In sum: I hope there will be more papal documents available on Audible. It's a great concept and is a great addition to the work of the New Evangelization.

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Great to hear this letter from the Bishop of Rome!

Would you consider the audio edition of Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis: On Care for Our Common Home to be better than the print version?

I can not comment on this. I have only heard the audio version. I would like a print version for my library.

What did you like best about this story?

I absolutely appreciated the knowledge and insight of this document. I is very well thought out and provides questions to bring thoughtfulness to our responsibilities as humans of all beliefs and persuasions.

Which character – as performed by Sean Patrick Lovett and Philippa Hitchen – was your favorite?

Both performed very well. Clear and very easy to follow.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Great thank you to Audible for making this available.

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Pope Knows Climate Change

On climate change, the pope is awfully good. He's also persuasive on the evils of greed in the free market. As expected, there's a bit too much of father, son, holy ghost and abortion. Having the readers constantly switching between mail and female was annoying.

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The world trully needs an Ecological Conversion.

Pope Francis' message is clear. We as humans are an integral part of the ecological system and caring for our environment is every Christian's responsibility.
I highly recommend this encyclical to everybody, especially christians and those interested in finding out how and what they can do to contribute to the effort to leave a cleaner and safer world for posterity.

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Important for our Earth

I'm glad I found this on Audible! Important information for our Earth, our common home.

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Amazing! Highly recommend!

Although I am not Catholic, I deeply enjoyed listening to this work. It is excellently written and performed and it a very thoughtful and spiritually uplifting call to action to take better care of our environment and each other. I whole heartitly recommend!

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I listened to this while at work. it made it more peaceful. I love it

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Perspective on truth of science and modern church

The issues this document addresses (like justice, good chemistry and international economics) are complex but essential when considering the values inherant in the anti-environment positions that have not yet come to grips with newly evolved conditions.

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Home Sweet Home

Pope Francis shows love for our planet and the way it provides our sustenance. He tells of our connections to the Earth and each other and our responsibility to pass on to future generations an unspoiled environment.
I read a critical review in the middle of the book. I am glad I completed it. There is more to agree with than take exception to. Loved it and highly recommend it.

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Garbage

The Holy Father talks a lot about waste and the need to eliminate it. Start by saving the paper this intellectual dribble is written on. Stick to Faith and morals.

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  • Stephen Callaghan
  • 10-24-16

Wonderful encyclical and very well presented.

A truly inspirational and challenging encyclical from Pope Francis. The narration by 2 voices made listening to some of the more complex parts a lot easier. Wonderful that it has been made available for free too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-20

Unbelievably on point

Fantastic essay that I read in one sitting. So insightful on all except abortion.

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  • Xavier Gesé
  • 03-29-16

Radio style reading

Several people read this call to change the world in a more sustainable way by Pope Francis

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  • Leonorilda Robles
  • 02-27-18

Commendations

Beautifully read. The readers’ emphasis keeps our minds from straying.
I enjoyed listening to more than one voice.