Expressing gratitude to a group of European lawyers for their dedication to environmental protection laws, Pope Francis revealed his intention to create a follow-up document on the same subject. The pope conveyed to the lawyers, “I am writing a second part to Laudato Si’ to update it on current problems.” Although he did not provide additional details, this announcement signifies the pope’s ongoing commitment to addressing contemporary environmental challenges. “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” served as the title for Pope Francis’ encyclical letter released in 2015. The encyclical emphasized the necessity of an “integral ecology” that upholds the dignity and worth of humanity, supports the marginalized, and safeguards the planet. The pope’s comment was made within the context of expressing appreciation to the lawyers for their willingness to contribute to the creation of a legal framework aimed at preserving the environment.
National Catholic Reporter reports:
Thanking a group of European lawyers for their attention to environmental protection laws, Pope Francis said he was preparing another document on the subject.
“I am writing a second part to Laudato Si’ to update it on current problems,” the pope told the lawyers Aug. 21 during a meeting in the library of the Apostolic Palace. He provided no further information.
“Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home” was the title of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter on the need for an “integral ecology” that respects the dignity and value of the human person, helps the poor and safeguards the planet.
The pope made his remark in the context of thanking the lawyers for their “willingness to work for the development of a normative framework aimed at protecting the environment.”
“It must never be forgotten,” he said, “that future generations are entitled to receive from our hands a beautiful and habitable world, and that this entails grave responsibilities toward the natural world that we have received from the benevolent hands of God.”
Members of the group Pope Francis met with represented presidents of European bars and legal associations who signed a declaration in 2022 calling on members of the European Union and Council of Europe to uphold and respect the rule of law, especially in times of crisis like that created by Russia’s war on Ukraine.
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