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Fr. Robert Barron reflects on Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Si".

Pope Francis does not settle science or replace politics but opens doors and hearts to the fullness of creation. (Read more at:

Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis' Laudato Si'

Laudato si' - Praised be - is not only the title of the Pope's new encyclical letter, it's also the introductory phrase to eight verses of St Francis of Assisi's famous prayer thanking God for the gifts of creation - the 'Canticle of the Creatures' or 'Canticle of Brother Sun'. Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) composed this song in the Umbrian dialect of Italian around the time that Italian began to distinguish itself from Latin. He wrote it while suffering intensely from illness near the end of his life.All of the forest scenes in the video are from Assisi, Italy. The final image is of the habit that Saint Francis wore.

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