"The Care of our Common Home" by Pope Francis

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Norbert Bufka has a BA in history, a MA in Latin and Master of Pastoral Studies degree. He has worked as a high school teacher, a financial planner, a religious educator, an op-ed columnist for a daily Michigan newspaper and a popular facilitator at spiritual meetings and retreats. He has authored seven books, including A Study Guide for "Joy of the Gospel" by Pope Francis..

"The Care of our Common Home" by Pope Francis

A Study Guide

Authored by Norbert Bufka
Edition: 1

Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis, was chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013. He has been capturing the attention of billions of people worldwide because of his clear and consistent concern for people, especially the poor. His leadership style contrasts sharply with his two predecessors.

On May 24, 2015 Pope Francis issued his first encyclical letter. "Laudato Si" (The Care of Our Common Home) addresses the environmental degradation of our earth. Humans are clearly responsible for most of this degradation including global warming, he says.

Pope Francis earned a master's degree in chemistry before entering the seminary to prepare to be a Catholic priest. While his background is important for this letter, the letter is not about science. It is education about our common home and an appeal to all of us to reverse the damaging trend we are on. This trend can only lead to disaster, he says.

Pope Francis' solution is grounded in faith but he urges dialogue among leaders of all religions, science, economy, politics, and others because the changes required are enormous. These changes involve moving from "extreme consumerism" to a more simple life.

This book includes additional resources for the reader to expand his/her knowledge. It also has links to documents cited by Pope Francis and suggestions for group study. It also has a number of reflection questions in many places in the letter.

This book can be used in many ways:
1) Individual reading and reflection.
2) Day of retreat for groups.
3) Parish staff studying and planning a course of action.
4) Diocesan study and reflection on an action plan.

Other books by Norbert Bufka. Copy the URL to your browser for more information and to order.

Leelanau Series: (about Leelanau County Michigan)
#1 "From Bohemia to Good Harbor (2nd edition): The Story of the Bufka Family in Leelanau" http://www.createspace.com/5215114
#2 "Good Harbor Michigan: The Story and the People 1850-1931" http://www.createspace.com/4463486
#3 "News from the Neighborhood: Good Harbor Michigan: 1875-1931" http://www.createspace.com/4504249

Coming in 2016:
North Unity
Lost Places in Leelanau

Pope Francis Series:
#1 "Pope Francis: The Beginning of a New Era" http://www.createspace.com/5724697
#2 "Jesus and Pope Francis: Models for Living" (coming in December 2015)
#3 "A Study Guide for Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis" http://www.createspace.com/4690895
#4 "The Care of Our Common Home" by Pope Francis: A Study Guide" http://www.createspace.com/5630131

Other books:
"The Nicene Creed: A Reinterpretation" http://www.createspace.com/4718567
"Saint Joseph's Seminary: Personal and Historical Perspectives" http://www.createspace.com/5676424

Publication Date:
1515257665 / 9781515257660
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Life / General

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