Laudato Z’ine & Vati-Cats

3810_001“Bienvenidos al Laudato Z’ine,” say the Vati-Cats. Welcome!

If you are here, then you are one of a select group to have heard about the Laudato Z’ine project, a kitchen-table experiment to spread the word about Pope Francis’ circular letter to the world (or encyclical) about climate change and integral ecology.

This started as a fun weekend project and has continued to grow. (And thanks to the good folks at Geez for a shout-out in their awesome Spring 2016 issue on watershed discipleship!)

Here are the pdfs for you to make your own Laudato Z’ine at home (page 1 and page 2 on 11 x 17 inch paper). LaudatoZine_page 1 and LaudatoZine_page2 (do not print these back to back. You will make two separate booklets, then glue them together.)

And here’s instructions on how to fold a book. Laudato Z’ine is actually two booklets pasted together, back to back.

Click here, if you want to read the original and complete Laudato Si’: On Caring for our Common Home.

Click here, if you want to read the original article by Rose Berger (that’s me), Prescription for the Earth, that was first published in Sojourners (

In the comments section below, let me know who you are, where you heard about the Z’ine, how you answered the Z’ine questions, and what questions you would add. YOUR question might appear in a future edition!

Question: Why cats? What are Vati-Cats?
Answer: Because I could sort of draw them and because there are lots of cats in Rome. And because Pope Benedict was a cat guy (even through Pope Francis seems to go more for dogs). And because of Grumpy Cat.


Laudato Z’ine EVENTS

September 20, 2015, at 3 p.m. The Potter’s House in Washington, D.C., will host Laudato Si: The Zine Edition with Rose Berger
September 20, 2015, at 6 p.m. Discussion of Papal Encyclical Laudato Si via Skype to McAllen, Texas. Host: Steve Johnson. See here. (All proceeds from this event to go to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley ministering among refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border.)

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