(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ recent encyclical letter, Laudato si’, on the care of our common home, continues to generate interest and discussion at all levels of government and society – even and especially at the United Nations in New York, where the Holy Father will be speaking in September.
Vatican Radio’s Alessandro Gisotti spoke with the Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who told us that interest in the encyclical has continued and even increased with respect to the intense media buzz that preceded its release. “I can say with certainty that the reception of the encyclical in the UN context was great,” said Archbishop Auza. “There was so much speculation, and we might even say, so much publicity done by the international press and also here at the UN, with lots of talk before the publication of the encyclical and also after,” he added. “But,” he continued, “I would say that some of the people to whom I have talked could cite passages from the encyclical, which is an indication not only that they have talked about it, but that many have read it and have enjoyed reading it.”
Pope Francis is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly’s summit on the adoption of sustainable development goals, on September 25th, ahead of a climate summit in Paris in November.
Click below to hear Alessandro Gisotti’s extended conversation with the Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, Archbishop Bernardito Auza