Laudato Si Prayer Series

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia Invite You to Celebrate Laudato Sí Year

Pope Francis designated May 24, 2020 through May 24, 2021 as Laudato Sí Year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his landmark encyclical on the care for our common home. The following is a reflection on excerpts from Laudato Sí.

Pope Francis’s Laudato Sí #25: Climate change’s worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited.

Reflection: Catholic social teaching tells us that we are our brother’s and sister’s keepers. To what do we owe people in developing countries who will be disproportionately affected by climate change even though they are the least responsible?

(Reflection provided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia.)

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