UnderstandingEvery Tuesday this year, since September 2015, we have released a new installment of the video series Understanding Laudato Si. The launch of this online and free series was a response to an overwhelming number of requests on the part of people around the United States who expressed interest in learning more about Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, but felt there were too few public resources available.

After three months, we’ve now reached the release of the final video in the series: Episode 14 — “Conclusion: In Union with all Creation.” In this episode we look at the last five subsections of Chapter 6 of Laudato Si.

All of the Understanding Laudato Si episodes available so far:

Episode 01 — “Models of Creation”

Episode 02 — “Situating Laudato Si

Episode 03 — “What is Happening to our Common Home?”

Episode 04 — “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor”

Episode 05 — “Back to the ‘Beginning'”

Episode 06 — “A Universal Communion”

Episode 07 — “The ‘Technocratic Paradigm'”

Episode 08 — “Human Responsibility”

Episode 09 — “Integral Ecology”

Episode 10 — “Intergenerational Solidarity”

Episode 11 — “Dialogue in Moving Forward”

Episode 12 — “Politics, Economy, and Science”

Episode 13 — “Things Must Change”

Episode 14 — “Conclusion: In Union with all Creation.”

Watch the latest episode right here:




  1. I am very pleased to stumble upon this series. Each presentation has been clear, concise and easy to follow. I feel I have a better understanding of the encyclical itself and the mind of Pope Francis as well as having the good fortune of becoming acquainted with the presenter. I will indeed ‘stay tuned’.

    In thinking of future projects/topics to tackle, I would personally like to see what could be done in the series with inter-religious endeavors focused on the bilateral process of thinking that enables each participant to approach encounter with an adherent of a faith/tradition/philosophy/spirituality of another participant quite’other’ than his or her own, yet with respect, acceptance and good will at a level that exceeds simple toleration. My gut feeling is that often those committed to whatever group have difficulty fighting off an approach whose energy can be diverted into a kind of rigidity that leads to justifying intolerance.

    I express this interest as a committed Muslim who still reveres Mother Church, aspires to understand and learn from the Jewish heritage and maintains a vital interest in Buddhism. In some ways I feel a sense of ‘otherness’ to each of the aforementioned groups but remain fueled by an inner sense of heartfelt belonging.

    Thank you for all the energy and endeavors that brought this series to fruition.

    Peace, Paul McClure

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