• In May 2015, Pope Francis issued his second encyclical, namely the Encyclical Laudato Sì, On Care for our Common Home. Even though various Church leaders had spoken about environmental issues before, this is the first encyclical letter to specifically address concerns about the environment. The encyclical starts off with an environmental assessment, followed by a theological reflection on creation and an outline of the core causes of the ecological crisis. Subsequently, the Pope speaks of integral ecology and the human social dimension of environmental problems and how to address and solve these problems. The encyclical concludes with a reflection on responsibility, education and ecological conversion.
    The Faculty of Theology is organising a Symposium to discuss this document from a number of different academic perspectives (theology, business, biology, urban design, engineering, food, justice and crime). This will be held at the University of Malta on Saturday 24th September 2016, between 9.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
    Tea and coffee will be available during the presentations and wine and pizza will be served for lunch. You are therefore kindly requested to confirm your attendance by sending me an email at ray.zammit@um.edu.mt by Monday 19th September 2016.