The Encyclical Laudato Si’

On May 25, as chair of the SDSN Spain (Red Española para el Desarrollo Sostenible)  I had the honour to inaugurated the round table that celebrated the first anniversary of the encyclical “Laudato Si’. On the care of our common home”.  The aim of this roundtable was to discuss the role that the Laudato Si’ can have providing a moral and spiritual support to the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular to analyse the impact of the text on Spanish society.

The event gathered speakers from different fields – religion, academia, science and politics – including Cristina Narbona, former Minister of the Environment, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze, Carlos del Alamo, vice-president of TYPSA, Pedro Linares, Vice-Rector of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Marco Gordillo, campaign coordinator at Manos Unidas, and María José Pou, professor at UCH-CEU University. All the speakers agreed on one thing: everyone was grateful to Laudato Si’, as it has brought sustainable development into the spiritual debate, providing the right framework for integrating the social, economical and environmental dimensions. Other Popes had addressed the need for the protection of the planet, but this time the message inspired as never before, having a renewed global impact.


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