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:
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.
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
WEDNESDAY MAY 25: 11:00 PM AEST Fossil Fuels, Violence, and the Climate Crisis
THURSDAY MAY 26: 11:30 PM AEST Investing in Laudato Si’
FRIDAY MAY 27: 10:00 PM AEST Sneak Peek: Feature Documentary on Laudato Si’
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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