The Holy Father has proclaimed a special year dedicated to the encyclical Laudato Si' and the care of the common home (24 May 2020 - 24 May 2021). Although signed on May 24, 2015 - Solemnity of Pentecost - the Laudato Si' was published and presented to the public just five years ago, on June 18, 2015. The Laudato Si' Observatory of the Pontifical Gregorian University wishes to commemorate this important event with an interview with some of its members.
Established at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University and with the support of the Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology, the Laudato Si' Observatory aims to promote the values of Pope Francis' encyclical on the care of our common home. It aims to deepen the teaching offered therein, the correct and effective application of which represents a "great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge" that will involve long processes of renewal (LS 202). The Observatory aims to develop both a continuous systematic work (philosophical, theological and social) on the Laudato Si', and an in-depth study of its implementation from a pastoral, educational and operational point of view.
The Observatory also intends to respond to Pope Francis' request to "network" and open up transdisciplinary paths, exercised with wisdom and creativity in the light of Revelation, illuminating "new ways of relating to God, to others and to the world around us, and inspiring essential values" (Evangelii gaudium 74).