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Pope receives book of Laudato Si’ letters from UK primary school pupils

A handmade scrapbook full of letters written by schoolchildren from primary schools across England and Wales has been handed to Pope Francis by a representative from the international development charity CAFOD on a visit to the Vatican.

Children from primary schools from Bath through to Middlesbrough wrote the letters earlier this year in the hopes they would reach Pope Francis. And they did, during a conference held to celebrate the third anniversary of Laudato Si’.

Pupils from across England and Wales contributed to the scrapbook, which was curated by CAFOD, with a colourful array of thoughtful messages of support.

Angela Bennett, Headteacher of St John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath, one of the many schools across the country to write letters, said: “The children at St John’s are passionate about making our world a better place. They want to follow the messages given by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, to live wisely, think deeply and love generously.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Pope Francis has read the children’s letters about Laudato Si’. The pope’s letter truly inspired the children to think about a number of issues from recycling to minimising the use of plastic.”

CAFOD’s Head of Education Monica Conmee, who handed the letters to the pope, said: “It was an amazing moment to share the beautiful letters with Pope Francis.

“The pope looked thrilled to receive the letters and it seemed he couldn’t wait to look through the album.

“I felt privileged to present the letters to the pope on behalf of all the children, young people and teachers in Catholic throughout the country who’ve been learning about and taking action to protect the planet – our common home.”

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Picture: CAFOD’s Monica Conmee presented the letters to Pope Francis. (Vatican Media).