June 18, 2015
During a news conference at the Vatican Press Office on June 18, 2015, the Holy See presented the second Encyclical Letter that Pope Francis has issued since the beginning of his pontificate. Entitled
"Praise be to you, my Lord"
), the central question posed by the Holy Father is: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (no. 160). Pope Francis continues: "This question not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal." It leads to questions about the meaning of existence and the values which should be the basis of social life: "What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?" The Holy Father adds, "Unless we struggle with these deeper issues, I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results."