On the Feast of Pentecost five years ago (24 May 2015), Pope Francis unveiled his great encyclical on the environment: Laudato Si’ (Praise Be). It is subtitled ‘On Care for our Common Home’ and is addressed not just to the Catholic Church, but to the whole of humanity as we face the global climate emergency.
The week of 16th – 24th May 2020 has been designated Laudato Si Week when we are asked to pray about caring for Our Common Home. Laudato Si’ Week will end on Sunday, 24 May, with a global day of prayer.
The week long celebration is to honour Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and climate change, and to encourage us to build a better world together.
Laudato Si’ week is run by the Global Catholic Climate Movement in association with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. They will be hosting a daily webinar focussing on a different topic each day.
On Monday, 18th May our Diocese announced an important measure to help protect our planet and build a more sustainable future; our divestment from fossil fuels. Read more on the Diocesan website.
CAFOD writes: In the five years since Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, millions of people have been inspired by its prophetic voice. In this, the first Laudato Si’ week (16-24 May), we reflect on the messages it holds for us and how we can each be deepened by its call. You can read more on their Five years of Laudato Si page.
Lessons of the encyclical are particularly relevant in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought many parts of the world to a halt.
Pope Francis, in a recent weekly address, said: “As the tragic coronavirus pandemic has taught us, we can overcome global challenges only by showing solidarity with one another and embracing the most vulnerable in our midst.” He went on to say, “As a single and interdependent family, we require a common plan in order to avert the threats to our common home.”