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Pope Francis calls the next environmental document 'Laudate Deum'

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with the rectors of public and private universities from Latin America and the Caribbean at the Vatican Sept. 21, 2023. Responding to questions, the pope said his new document on the environment would be called “Laudate Deum” (Praise God). (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis' new document on the environment will be called Laudete Deum and will be released on October 4, 2023.

On September 21, 2023, the pope revealed the name of his apostolic exhortation during a meeting with Latin American university rectors. However, the speech was first published in Spanish on September 25, 2023.

In his remarks about the environment and the "culture of abandonment," Pope Francis said his new document would be titled Laudate Deum, or "Praise God."

Vatican News reported that it would be a "look at what has happened and a statement of what needs to be done."

Pope said, “a lack of education to use the things that remain, to remake them, to replace them in the order of the common use of things.”

He advocated "good use of nature," including practical actions like installing solar panels to help the environment.

According to Pope, "Another form of "degradation" that can result from environmental degradation is the way we treat others, especially those living in poverty."

Earlier this month, Pope Francis announced his plans to release a follow-up to his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si on October 4, St. Francis' feast day.

On October 4, the Vatican-backed Season of Creation environmental campaign comes to an end and the Synod on Synodality gets underway.

Pope Francis' second encyclical, Laudato Si', was released in June 2015 as the second of three during his pontificate.

It addresses issues such as climate change, environmental responsibility, and defending the rights of humans in this encyclical.

"On August 30, the second part of Laudato Si’ would be the kind of papal document known as an “exhortation,” said Pope Francis.

Evangelii Gaudium, released in 2013, and Amoris Laetitia, released in 2016, were the first two apostolic exhortations that Francis published during his pontificate.

St. Francis of Assisi's feast also coincided with Pope Francis' most recent encyclical about fraternity, Fratelli Tutti, being released on this date in 2020.


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