Laudato Si 37: Natural Sanctuaries

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

Praise, not scolding, for some countries. Remember the national park system was established in the 19th century in the US, and was promoted with devotion by Theodore Roosevelt.

37. Some countries have made significant progress in establishing sanctuaries on land and in the oceans where any human intervention is prohibited which might modify their features or alter their original structures. In the protection of biodiversity, specialists insist on the need for particular attention to be shown to areas richer both in the number of species and in endemic, rare or less protected species. Certain places need greater protection because of their immense importance for the global ecosystem, or because they represent important water reserves and thus safeguard other forms of life.

Rainforests, reefs, and even places in which the life isn’t “cute.”


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Laudato Si 37: Natural Sanctuaries

  1. Liam says:


    In what has become unusual in the current pontificate (but was common in the preceding pontificates), Fr Robert Barron has been named as an auxiliary bishop for … Los Angeles (not Chicago). I am not aware of Fr Barron’s connections to LA, but after the first few months, Pope Francis’s appointments have strongly tended to avoid putting people in new places they don’t have connections to.

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