Pope Francis' Moral Message: Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor, and Our Environmental Responsibility

Pope Francis

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th floor
Corboy Law Center (25 E. Pearson Street)
Water Tower Campus, Loyola University Chicago

Keynote Address

  • Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Chancellor of Loyola University Chicago

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Steve Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 
  • Professor Lucia Silecchia, Catholic University of America School of Law 
  • Mary Hallan Fiorito (JD ’93), Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Alex Rangel (2L), Loyola University Chicago School of Law


  • The Honorable Thomas M. Donnelly (Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County)

Father Garanzini, along with a panel of scholars and students, discussed Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. In this encyclical, the Pope challenges the whole human family to work together "to seek a sustainable and integral development." Because the development envisioned is "integral" the discussion involved not only environmental affairs, but economics, and the family, and how these dimensions of "our common home" are addressed in law.

Further information is available on the LUC's School of Law website.

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