PRESS CONFERENCE: presentation of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Encyclical «Laudato si’, on the care of our common home»


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Accredited journalists are informed that on Thursday, 18 June 2015, at 11 am in the New Synod Hall in Vatican City, a Press Conference will be held for the presentation of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Encyclical « Laudato si’, on the care of our common home ».





The speakers will be:

- Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace;

- His Eminence Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church;

- Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

- Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services and former dean of the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.

A simultaneous translation service will be available in Italian, French, English, Spanish and from German.

Following the presentations by the Speakers, a limited time will be available for questions from journalists.

The Vatican Television Centre will produce images live from the Press Conference.
Additionally, the Press Conference may be followed via live audio-video streaming on the site: (Vatican Player of the Vatican Radio), where it will subsequently remain available on demand,
or on the CTV YouTube channel:, which offers only direct streaming during the event.
Direct links to the same addresses are provided on the official site:

The Encyclical is to be considered under full embargo until noon on Thursday, 18 June 2015.

Accredited journalists will find the text of the Encyclical in PDF format in the Reserved Area of the Holy See Press Office Bulletin web page from 6 p.m. Wednesday 17 June in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic.

In addition, a map (an extensive summary) of the Encyclical will be available on the site, in the same languages.

The paper copy of the Encyclical – in Italian, English and Spanish, at least – will be available to accredited journalists at the Press Office from 9 a.m. Thursday 18 June.

Note regarding access to the Synod Hall for journalists

Interested journalists, cameramen and photographers can request accreditation by email at
Those who are already accredited at the Press Office are invited to indicate their participation at the Accreditations Office, no later than Tuesday 16 June.

Access to the Synod Hall is via Piazzale del Petriano. Cameramen are required to arrive 30 minutes in advance, photographers 15 minutes. Journalists are invited to take their seats in the Hall ten minutes before the beginning of the Press Conference.