Laudato Si’ week
At the end of his Regina Coeli prayer, Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of these seven days as an opportunity to learn how to listen to the cries from Planet Earth and the poor.
Adriana Masotti - Vatican City
May 18th. 2021
Several initiatives have been scheduled for the event which will conclude on May 25 with the launching of the official Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
From St. Peter’s Square Pope Francis thanked the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and other numerous organizations that have become involved with the Laudato Si’ Week 2021. At the end of his Regina Coeli prayer, his Holiness warmly invited everyone to participate in the 10-day event and to learn more about how to “listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” during the global celebration.
Lines of commitment
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, RENOVA+, the International Union of Superiors General, Caritas Internationalis, CIDSE, the Society of Jesus, and the Franciscan Friars aim to outline the lines of commitment for the coming years: “Since the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on integral ecology, the Church and Catholics around the world have made significant progress on their path of ecological conversion”. This is pointed out by the Vatican Dicastery, which on May 16, in agreement with the Pope, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical, promoted Laudato Si’ Week and the subsequent Special Year of the Anniversary of Laudato Si’.
The 2021 edition of the Week will celebrate the closing of this Year by showing how things have changed in this time. However, there is still a long way to go, and “at this crucial point to which the Covid-19 pandemic has led us – reads a press release – it is time to offer a clear roadmap for the next decade”.
A platform to spread the “Gospel of Creation”
The week will also serve as an opportunity to launch a new tool “that will help everyone in the next steps of their journey: The Laudato Si’ Action Platform” which can be reached through the offical Vatican’s Laudato Si’ webpage: www.laudatosi.va. The goal of the Platform is to “gather the Church’s main partners through various activities and events and continue spreading the ‘Gospel of Creation’ through a missionary mandate. To invoke the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Virgin Mary over the Catholic commitment to care for creation and to involve contemplative orders in praying for it”. This year, as in the previous edition, Laudato Si’ Week has as its main promoter the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, with the particular collaboration of the World Catholic Climate Movement, which acts as facilitator of a group of more than 150 Catholic partners involved in the initiative.
The program for the 2021 week
Many topics will be covered through webinars organized with the contributions of international experts and witnesses:
On Monday, May 17, at 19:00 the webinar will highlight key political opportunities in 2021 to create change, with a focus on the UN biodiversity conference (COP 15) and the UN climate conference (COP 26).
On Tuesday, May 18, at 14:00, emphasis will be placed on universities and institutions worldwide that have made Laudato Si’ an integral part of their educational programs. Leaders from renowned institutions across the globe will share practical experiences about how they use Laudato Si’ to inspire students.
The topic for Wednesday, May 19, at 15:00, will be “Economy, fossil fuels, and human rights”, bringing attention to the Vatican’s divestment in fossil fuels guidelines and the largest Catholic divestment commitment to date.
On Thursday, May 20, at 15:00, the webinar is titled “Sowing hope for the planet/Creation Care Prayer Network”. These are religious men and women engaged in promoting Laudato Si’ who will share stories of ecological conversion, both personal and communal
Online dialogues and moments of prayer until May 25
On Friday, May 21, as part of the Global Action Day for Our Common Home, there will be a global call for individuals, communities and institutions worldwide, who are invited to organize concrete actions to care for the planet, from sustainability iniciatives to educational events and prayer groups.
On Saturday, May 22, at 19:00, the cultural Laudato Si’ Festival “Songs for Creation”, will present biodiversity lost in the world and its consequences, focusing on the biodiversity problems in the artists’ and musicians’ regions. During this event the Vatican’s message for World Biodiversity Day will be spotlighted and the winners of the Laudato Si’ Moment photo contest will be announced while the winners of the Laudato Si’ Story Contest will be presented.
On Sunday, May 23, at 15:00, there will be a closing Praying Gathering from Assisi and Rome invoking the Holy Spirit to guide the commitment made by the Church for the care of our common house, and a missionary-like sending of local Laudato Si’ animators and other pastoral agents so that they may go and spread the “Gospel of Creation” in every corner of the globe. The celebration will be led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
On Monday, May 24, at 23:30, a roundtable will talk about the access to drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene in a number of healthcare facilities belonging to the Catholic Church with the participation of Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Lastly, on Tuesday, May 25, the official launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform will take place.
Source: Vatican news – Translation: Maribel Acarón