On Tuesday in a video message addressing Catholic communities around the world, Pope Francis announced the celebration of Laudato si Week in May to honor the encyclical’s fifth anniversary.
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up? Motivated by this question, I would like to invite you to participate in Laudato Si’ Week from 16-24 May 2020. It is a global campaign on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato si’: On the care of our common home.”
In his message, Pope Francis renewed his global call to respond the ongoing climate crisis.
“The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue. Let’s take care of creation, a gift of our good Creator God. Let’s celebrate Laudato Si’ Week together.”
Laudato si Week is sponsored by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development with assistance from the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Renova+. The week is meant encourage Catholics everywhere to take bold action in responding to the climate crisis.
The official Vatican website for the week includes a toolkit with suggestions on how to participate, including to: form or strengthen your community’s creation care group or ministry, engage elected representatives, complete an energy audit and plan to reduce emissions, hold a prayer service for a just transition to clean energy, align your investments with Catholic values, represent your commitment with a symbolic gesture, or develop your own activity.
Watch the Holy Father’s video message below: