Papal encyclical named after St. Francis prayer of praise: ‘Laudato Sii’ (Praised Be)

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June 1, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will be titled “Laudato Sii” (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures,” and will be released June 16, said the head of the Vatican publishing house.

Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa, speaking at an event in Naples May 30, told reporters that publishers from around the world had been asking for the rights to reprint “Laudato Sii” when it is released in mid-June.

The Vatican press office declined to confirm the title of the document and the release date, although it also declined to say Father Costa was wrong.

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