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This is the third Sunday of the Season of Creation. Pope Francis’ words in his encyclical letter Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home, have certainly been supported by events of the four years since the letter’s publication.

“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warning has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production, and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”

 The pope’s letter is primarily a spiritual document, but it does not shy away from affirming the consensus of science. His letter may be the most prophetic document of the 21st century.