The Letter tells the story of the Pope’s call to care for our planet. For info on translated versions and how to take action, visit https://TheLetterFilm.org.
In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ (The Letter); an encyclical letter about the environmental crisis to every single person in the world. A few years later, four voices that have gone unheard in global conversations have been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope. Hailing from Senegal, the Amazon, India, and Hawai’i, they bring perspective and solutions from the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and wildlife into a conversation with Pope Francis himself. This documentary follows their journey to Rome and the extraordinary experiences that took place there, and is packed with powerfully moving personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people.
Because, in the words of the Laudato Si’ Movement chair Lorna Gold, “once you know, you CANNOT look away.”
Using this resource in sixth form
Sixth-form students concerned about the climate crisis will find this film both engaging and thought-provoking. It challenges the viewer to discover and explore connections between their own faith and care for our planet.
The film is one hour and 20 minutes long, making it ideal for retreats.
It could also be watched in sections over two or three RE lessons, followed by a discussion. The questions below are a possible starting point.
These questions could be used for personal reflection or group discussion:
- What made the most impression on you in the film? What sticks in your mind?
- How/where have you encountered the sacred? Where have you met God in nature?
- How can we make time and space to listen to those whose voices we do not usually hear? Where do you encounter people with different views from your own?
- In the film, we are told “The Amazon depends on you.” We are also asked how we will care for our common home. What will you do and how do you think this care for the earth connects with your faith?
- What signs of hope do you see in the film and/or in our world?
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