A Personal Reflection: Laudato Si’

By Puleng Matsaneng

Taking the name ‘Francis’, after the 12th Century saint, was significant for Pope Francis. Inheriting names is a common practice for many nations in the world - including us in Africa. The process, though, has its own demands. I have noticed that people who have inherited names feel their talents, and the talents of the one whose name they get, have got to continue to grow and shine. I personally know the beauty of inheriting a name as I have been named after my great-grandmother and I value every little story about her. The Pope clearly has adopted St Francis’s qualities.  His love for ecology, his generous self-giving and openheartedness - are just a few worth mentioning. 

The fallibility of critique: A response to Ivo Vegter By ANTHONY EGAN and GRANT TUNGAY on Daily Maverick


Ivo Vegter’s ‘The Eco-Pope: When the infallible fails’ criticises many aspects of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. This is good. Throughout the encyclical Francis invites all to talk about an issue of common global concern, the environment. Vegter’s swift response is commendable, doing precisely what the Pope has asked for – a debate. And so, in the spirit generated by both of them, let us continue the conversation by raising a few points. Fallibly, of course!

Article written for and published by Daily Maverick on 25 June 2015 

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Laudato Si’ – the implications of Pope Francis’ choice of title

By Frances Correia

‘The poverty and austerity of Saint Francis were no mere veneer of asceticism, but something much more radical: a refusal to turn reality into an object simply to be used and controlled.’ Pope Francis

In choosing to use Laudato Si’ as the title for his new encyclical I believe that Pope Francis is encouraging us to go back to the Canticle of Creation, to the writings of St Francis of Assisi in order to correctly orientate ourselves with regard to our relationship with creation.