Vatican document on integral ecology
Safeguarding Creation is everyone's responsability
Several Vatican Dicasteries
team up to release a document entitled
"Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home: five years after Laudato Si' ", which offers a guide to all Christians on how to maintain
a healthy relationship with Creation.
The Vatican released a document on Thursday that offers a guide to
Catholics, and all Christians, regarding our relationship with God's Creation.
Entitled Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home: five years after Laudato Si, the document coincides with the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis's Encyclical Laudato Sí, which was signed on 24 May 2015 and published on 18 June of that same year. The document was drafted by the "Holy See Interdicastery Table on Integral Ecology", created in 2015 to evaluate ways to best promote and implement integral ecology. Institutions linked to the Holy See, along with several Bishops' Conferences, and Catholic organizations, make up the committee.
The text was written prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it highlights the main message of Laudato Sí: Everything is connected; each particular crisis forms part of a single, complex socio-environmental crisis that requires a true ecological conversion.
Starting from "Spiritual Conversion and Education" in the first part, to arrive at "Human development and integral ecology" in the second, the interdicasterial document reaffirms the importance of dialogue and collaboration between all the parties involved and offers both examples of concrete implementation of the principles of "Laudato si'" in various Churches of the world (the so-called 'good practices'), as well as some "lines of action". Finally, a third part is dedicated to the ecological commitment of the Vatican City State, while there are numerous references to the main magisterial documents on the subject.