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Pope Announces Second Part of Encyclical “Laudato Si” Will Be Called “Laudate Deum”

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 09.26.2023).- It was in August of the past month when Pope Francis twice announced that there would be a second part of his ecological encyclical, Laudato Si. The publication date has also been disclosed (October 4, 2023). Just days before September concludes, the Pope has shared more information.

The second part of Laudato Si will not have the magnitude of an encyclical but rather an Apostolic Exhortation (a papal document of lesser rank but still considered ordinary magisterium). We now also know its name: it will be called Laudate Deum.

All of this information came to light during the Pope’s meeting with rectors of public and private universities from Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday, September 21, at the Vatican. The rectors posed questions to the Pope about climate and environmental issues, and in his responses, he disclosed the name and category of the document.