Reflections on the Spirituality in Laudato Si’


  • Janet K Ruffing Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. USA


Laudato Si’, Pope Francis, Environment, Common Home


Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis, at its core, is a spiritual document. He frames his pragmatic teaching on the environment in a theological and spiritual frame through his use of Francis of Assisi in the beginning and end of the document and proposes a contemplative view of our common home and its role in our experience of God as well as recognizing that all of us need to undergo a profound conversion in a host of ways so that all of our brothers and sisters can also share our common home as their birthright.


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