Justice and Peace Issues
Laudato Si’ Week May 16 ~25
To celebrate the end of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year, Pope Francis invites the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to joyfully participate in Laudato Si’ Week 2021, from May 16-25. This year’s Laudato Si’ Week pulls its theme from part of the pope’s appeal in the document’s introduction: “For we know that things can change.” In addition to the special events this week celebrating the church’s progress so far in acting on the landmark encyclical, this is a time for prayer, study and action for a more just and sustainable world. We recall Pope Francis’ Earth Day message in which he reminded us that “we do not emerge from a crisis the same; we emerge better or worse,” To emerge better, we need to “care for nature so that it can care for us.”
Laudato Si’ Week coincides with the 6th anniversary (May 24) of when Pope Francis finished writing the encyclical in 2015. Laudato Si’ has enlivened Catholic communities across the globe to work against the ecological crisis and climate emergency. During the week there will be a series of virtual educational events, as well as prayer, inviting us to go deeper into our understanding of what it means to care for our common home. A complete list of events is at this link. All the events will be streaming to the Laudato Si Week webpage and Global Catholic Climate Movement’s YouTub Channels.
This graphic provides a concise summary of the calendar for the week.
The Creation Care Prayer Network is a network of communities committed to the healing of our common home. The network is connected through prayer and Eucharistic adoration and warmly welcomes religious and lay contemplative communities.
GCCM will send a monthly email/newsletter that will include the month’s prayer intention, an invitation to participate in GCCM’s monthly retreat day, and an invitation to pray for key moments throughout the year. On a daily basis, communities are encouraged to participate by offering an intercession during Mass, the liturgy of the hours, or Eucharistic adoration.
Click on this link to join the Prayer Network.
Share this LS Sixth Anniversary Prayer for the global Laudato Si’ Day of Prayer on Sunday, May 23.
Join a webinar, “Nonviolence is key to a Laudato Si’ future,” Monday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Eastern, organized by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.
Take action: Urge Congress to take action to promote a just recovery from the global pandemic that will put us on track for a more sustainable future.
Sign a petition from the Global Catholic Climate Movement calling on international leaders to take bold action at the upcoming international climate conferences.