Laudato Si’ Week encourages the faithful to intensify efforts against climate crisis

Vatican-sponsored initiative to feature sneak peek of Laudato Si’ movie featuring Pope Francis

Laudato Si’ Week, the weeklong event marking the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on creation care, will feature a series of global celebrations and the first-ever public sneak peek of The Invitation, a new film featuring Pope Francis.

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics will unite from May 22-29 to celebrate the progress made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life and intensify their efforts through the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The new tool is empowering Catholic institutions, communities, and families to fully implement Laudato Si’.
 
Tomás Insua, Executive Director of Laudato Si’ Movement, said: “Laudato Si’ Week has blossomed into a global celebration that leaves the faithful feeling inspired to do even more for our common home. Amidst chaos and destruction globally, every day Catholics take urgent action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Laudato Si’ Week will serve as a fountain of inspiration and lessons learned for all people interested in saving God’s creation.”
 
Each day of Laudato Si’ Week will feature global, regional, and local events tied to one of the seven Laudato Si’ goals. On the day celebrating ecological education, footage from The Invitation, a new feature-length documentary film on Laudato Si’, will be shown to the general public for the first time ever during a live-streaming event. The Invitation will have its global release later this year.
 
The event begins at 10.00 pm AEST on May 27. Registration is required at this link.
 
Facilitated by Deborah Castellano Lubov, analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, contributor to EWTN, Salt & Light TV, and others, and correspondent for Vatican News, the event will feature:
 
  • A trailer of the film along with footage of Pope Francis and ecological champions. This will be the first time this material is shown to the general public. The event will not be recorded and clips will not be available after the event. Because this footage is not yet released, recording it is prohibited.

Remarks by Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, head of the ecology sector in the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Nicolas Brown, director of The Invitation, and Arouna Kandé, administrative assistant at Maison de la Gare and aclimate refugee featured in the film.

  • An open Q&A, during which journalists can ask questions. Please send your questions during the event through the journalist question form here.

The complete program for Laudato Si’ Week, including global events in Uganda, Italy, Ireland, Brazil, and the Philippines, can be found here and below. Catholics are encouraged to inspire their community by registering their local events at LaudatoSiWeek.org.
 

Monsignor Marcelo Daniel Colombo, Archbishop of Mendoza, Argentina: “By baptism, we are co-responsible for the life of our ecclesial community. How can we not be as a Church altogether co-responsible for this mission of witnessing love, respect, and care for everything created by the Father?”

Monsignor Guillermo Steckling, Bishop of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay: “Documents over time are forgotten and the process of implementation sometimes takes 50 years. But with Laudato Si’, we don’t have that much time. Let’s do something now!”
 

The theme for the week is “Listening and Journeying Together.” Laudato Si’ Week 2022 is sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and facilitated by Laudato Si’ Movement in collaboration with a cohort of Catholic partners.

Laudato Si’ Week 2022 Complete Schedule

*All global events, excluding the movie sneak peek on May 27, will be broadcast on Laudato Si’ Movement Facebook and YouTube channels.

TUESDAY MAY 24: 5:00 PM AEST Empowering ECO-mmunity: Embracing the poor
Broadcast live from the Metropolitan-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or the Manila Cathedral, communities throughout the Philippines will partner with the Archdiocese of Manila for this daylong event that will inspire all to accelerate their response to the cry of the poor.

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 25: 11:00 PM AEST Fossil Fuels, Violence, and the Climate Crisis
World-renowned professor and author Jeffrey D. Sachs will lead an urgent conversation about how faith-based institutions can lead the way to a cleaner and safer future by divesting from fossil fuels.

Featured speakers:

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned professor and author

  • Omar Elmawi, stopEACOP coalition of 350.org

  • Svitlana Romanko, Stand With UkraineWhitney Terrell, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

  • Martin Kopp, GreenFaith

  • Bishop Domenico Sorrentino (Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, Italy)

  • Davide Panzeri, ECCO, Italian climate change think tank 

THURSDAY MAY 26: 11:30 PM AEST Investing in Laudato Si’
Led by FaithInvest, this innovative event will engage Catholic institutional investors in a conversation about ethical investing and how they can ensure their assets are in line with Laudato Si’. Broadcast live from Wicklow, Ireland, this event also will feature the special launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform Investor Hub.

 

Featured speakers:

  • Sr. Colette Kane OP, An Tairseach

  • Lorna Gold, FaithInvest and Laudato Si’ Movement board president

  • Nana Francois, FaithInvest

  • Elizabeth Garlow, Economy of Francesco

FRIDAY MAY 27: 10:00 PM AEST Sneak Peek: Feature Documentary on Laudato Si’
Footage from The Invitation, a new feature-length documentary film on Laudato Si’, will be shown to the general public for the first time ever during a live-streaming event. The Invitation will have its global release later this year.

SATURDAY MAY 28: 05:00 AM AEST Laudato Si’ Festival
The Laudato Si’ Festival live from Assisi will showcase Catholic artists from across the globe who are using their talents to raise awareness about the need to care for our common home.
 

SUNDAY MAY 29: 11:00 PM AEST Laudato Si’ Week Closing Prayer Gathering: Community resilience and empowerment as part of our Synodal Journey

Live from Brumadinho, Brazil, Msgr. Vicente de Paula Ferreira will lead a prayer gathering to officially close Laudato Si’ Week 2022. The gathering will carry a special focus on those affected by the climate crisis and bear witness to testimonies from people affected.

In January 2019, a dam collapse in Brumadinho poured millions of tons of toxic waste into nearby communities and killed 270 people.

About Laudato Si’ Movement

Laudato Si’ Movement serves the Catholic family around the world to turn Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ into action for climate and ecological justice. Laudato Si’ Movement’s efforts to build a grassroots movement draw on the combined gifts of nearly 800 member organizations and thousands of local volunteers who help bring the Laudato Si’ message to life. More information can be found at LaudatoSiMovement.org.
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