VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment,
"Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of
Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," will be released June 18,
the Vatican press office announced.
"The date foreseen for the publication of the encyclical of
the pope is Thursday, June 18," said the statement released
The head of the Vatican publishing house, Salesian Father
Giuseppe Costa, had told reporters in Naples May 30 that
publishers from around the world had been asking for the
rights to reprint "Laudato Sii" when it is released in
"Laudato sii" is the introductory phrase to eight verses of
St. Francis of Assisi's famous prayer thanking God for the
gifts of creation.
"Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially
Sir Brother Sun, who is the day, and through whom you give us
light," one of the first lines says.
The prayer also praises God for the gifts of "Sister Moon,"
"Brother Wind," "Sister Water," "Brother Fire" and "Sister