Laudato Si’ An Irish Response

Sean McDonagh and the 10 contributors to the book Laudato Si’ An Irish Response were invited to visit the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday, 18 January, 2018.

18-1-18 ..President Michael D. Higgins meeting with Fr. Sean McDonagh and Dr. Lorna Gold . Pic Maxwell’s 

Dr. Lorna Gold, presented the book  Laudato Si’: An Irish Response to the President at the meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin. In the book Laudato Si’: An Irish Response 11 Irish theologians, academics and environmentalists reflect on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, the first papal encyclical devoted exclusively to the subject of the environment. For one hour they discussed many of the themes on justice, ecology and spirituality which feature prominently in the papal document Laudato Si’.

The President was thoroughly familiar with the encyclical and highlighted the place it should have in challenging the economic, social and ecological policies which are doing such damage both to planet earth and human well-being.

The President said he felt that every teacher in Ireland should be given a copy of the book Laudato Si’ An Irish Response.

Laudato Si’: An Irish Response is available from Veritas

Laudato Si’: An Irish Response
Essays on the Pope’s Letter on the Environment
Author(s): Sean McDonagh
ISBN13: 9781847307491
ISBN10: 1847307491
Publisher: Veritas
Extent: 200 pp


President Michael D. Higgins meeting with Fr. Sean McDonagh and Dr. Lorna Gold,



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  2. iggy o'donovan says:

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