Caring for Creation: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis






Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz — 192 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media
ISBN: 9781632530608

Biography:

Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936, is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, having been elected Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of Vatican City. Alicia von Stamwitz is an award-winning freelance author and longtime editor. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, and other media. She is also the compiler of The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words of Pope Francis. For more information, visit www.aliciavonstamwitz.com. 

Reviews

"In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis shows how we need to listen, observe and engage everything that makes up our common home, not only with the intelligence of the market, profit, and gains; but also with the intelligence of the heart, solidarity, compassion, and care, especially towards the weak and poor.” —Cardinal Peter K.A. Turks, president, Vatican Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

“ It is impossible to overstate the power of the pope’s words on creation and its care, in the landmark Laudato Si’ and elsewhere. As this volume illustrates, he has put the full power of his papacy behind the most crucial challenge we’ve ever faced: slowing the ongoing and horrific overheating of the planet we were given to care for.” —Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, founder 350.org

“ These words, this message, this prophetic call from Pope Francis, are deeply inspiring and worth our reflection and serious consideration. I want to hear this message fully and take it to heart, and I urge others to do so, too, that we might all do what we can to help end environmental destruction and create a more nonviolent world.” —Rev. John Dear, author, activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, cofounder CampaignNonviolence.org

“ Meditate with Pope Francis on human dignity and the common good—what he calls “integral human ecology.” Rejecting a “throwaway” attitude that only destroys, Pope Francis begins with praise to God our Creator (Laudato Si’) for the precious gift of each person and all creation. With humble joy, we seek to follow his call to cherish every person and the earth we call home.” —Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, DD, archbishop of Louisville, president, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

“ This presentation of the inspiring words of Pope Francis on the gift of creation and our abiding responsibility to care for and cultivate our common home is a rich tapestry that weaves together threads from the multiple occasions when he has addressed this priority. By listening to creation, the Creator, and one another, we are invited to contemplate and build on the interconnectedness that is the foundation of an integrated ecology.” —Séamus Finn, OMI, chief of faith consistent investing, OIP Trust, board chair, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

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All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty… —Pope Francis, “A Prayer for the Earth”

Since his inaugural Mass in March 2013, Pope Francis has frequently reminded a global audience that care for creation is among his highest priorities. As a world leader with a background in science who heads a two thousand-year-old Church, the pope is uniquely qualified to articulate a compelling vision and mission for the future. The writings, homilies, prayers, talks, and even tweets of Pope Francis in this book gather his most important and inspiring words about our shared responsibility to protect, nurture, and care for “our common home.”

The planet is in peril, the pope is telling us, along with the well being of the poor who depend on the earth’s natural resources. He chastises world leaders and challenges ordinary people, reminding us that our foolish actions and careless decisions are placing lives at risk. He decries our current assaults on the natural environment and warns of the consequences of climate change. Still, his message is always ultimately one of hope. In Caring for Creation, Pope Francis’s words reveal that he believes we can move towards a new kind of conversion—a higher level of consciousness, action, and advocacy that will spark “a bold cultural revolution.”


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