The Pope announced it at the end of August: he will publish on October 4 a second text on ecology, a “second Laudato si”, named after his famous encyclical on this subject. This text will, however, be presented in the form of an apostolic exhortation – a text with less magisterial value than the encyclical.
During a meeting with rectors of universities from Latin America and the Caribbean on September 21 at the Vatican, Francis gave the name of this next text: Laudate Deum (“Praise God”). The pope presented it as “a look at what happened and say what needs to be done.” During this meeting, he also addressed the topics of climate change, migration and waste culture.
The letter will be made public on the last day of the time of Creation – this month dedicated to prayer and awareness of ecological issues – and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, author of the Canticle of the Creatures, which opens the encyclical Laudato si’and gives it its title.
Francis had already announced that he was writing a sequel to Laudato si’during a recent audience with lawyers from Council of Europe member countries, without however specifying the form or date of publication. On August 21, he simply mentioned “an update” which would take current problems into account. This update of its 2015 encyclical on the environment will come a few weeks before the next COP28, at the end of the year in Dubai.