Laudato Si Focus for Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week is an annual all-Ireland celebration which invites schools nationwide to give expression in an exceptional way to the ethos of Catholic education. This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’ has been informed by the writing of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical by the Pope on care for our common home. Catholic Schools Week also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.

Catholic Schools Week also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that Catholic primary and post-primary schools in Ireland make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.

The enlightening publication Laudato Si’ was a number one bestseller for publisher Veritas in Ireland during 2015, selling over 15,000 copies and provides insights into the damage being done by modern society to the environment. The bestseller can be purchased online at or in our shop on O’Connell St.

Pope Francis Leads by Example Shunning Throwaway Culture

In a recent article published by the Irish Examiner, Margaret Hickey explains how Pope Francis cannot be accused of not leading the way by example. With scuffed black shoes and a second-hand car he models the frugality he extols. If more celebrities followed his example, frugality could be cool as well as virtuous. And that might help keep the planet cool too. In his recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that planet Earth is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…Read More

Climate Change Pope Brings Message To South America

The “climate change pope” Pope Francis also known as the “pope of the poor” returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff yesterday, stressing the importance of protecting the needy and the environment from exploitation and – in a nation whose president was booed as his vehicle followed the papal motorcade – to foster dialogue among all sectors of society. The environmental message – from a pope who last month issued a treatise staking the Earth’s preservation as a core mission – is particularly relevant for Ecuador, a Pacific nation that is home to one of the world’s most species-diverse ecosystems but is also an OPEC country heavily dependent on oil. High crude prices allowed Mr Correa to lift 1.3 million people out of poverty in his eight years in office…Read More (PDF)

Pope Francis Encyclical – Laudato Si Now Available

The recent Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment and climate change is now available from the Abbey Bookshop in Limerick and at the Abbey Bookshop website. The controversial encyclical is openly critical of much of our modern throwaway lifestyle which shows little or no regard for poor people or the planet. In the Pope Francis Encyclical, the Pope highlights how the degree of human intervention in the environment, mostly in the service of business and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and less beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. In the Popes words “each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, older people lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish”…Read More