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2. Key Messages of Laudato Si

The question at the heart of Laudato Siโ€™ is โ€œWhat kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?โ€ (paragraph 160). This question is explored in numerous ways through the key themes in Pope Francisโ€™ Encyclical.

These themes include:

  • The intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet

  • The conviction that everything in the world is connected

  • The critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology

  • The call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress

  • The value proper to each creature

  • The human meaning of ecology

  • The need for forthright and honest debate

  • The serious responsibility of international and local policy

  • The throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle (paragraph 16)

Session Two Assessment

The encyclical map below provides a summary of each of the chapters in Laudato Si. Choose one chapter summary to explore and reflect on the following:

  • 3 new things that you learnt
  • 2 things you found challenging
  • 1 thing you found inspiring.

You may also wish to use key messages presented in the clips to help guide you.

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