Laudato Si’ Week
Laudato Si’ Week is a celebration held every May to commemorate the anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si'” on the care of our common home. It is organized by the Laudato Si’ Movement and sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Many partner institutions, such as the JPIC Office of the OFM General Curia, collaborate in its organization.
Throughout Laudato Si’ Week, Catholics come together to offer living witness to the changes brought about by the encyclical. The week’s events include lectures by world-renowned leaders who show how they have changed their communities and, in doing so, encourage other Catholics to take similar action in their cities and regions. Discussions emphasize advocacy efforts to amplify the Catholic voice in the run-up to the Climate Change Conferences.
During a week of celebration, the faithful will be able to recognize the significant progress the global Church has made on its path of ecological conversion in recent years. We also hope to see a clear roadmap for the decade ahead. As Franciscans, we understand that more work needs to be done, but we are pleased and grateful for the efforts made thus far as we continue to work with the whole Church toward a more hopeful and ecological future.
Laudato Si’ Week 2021
Songs for Creatión
The cultural festival “Songs for Creation” presented biodiversity that had been lost in the world and its consequences. It focused on the biodiversity problems in the artists’ and musicians’ regions. Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality. Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior lives and spirituality (LS # 63).
During the event, the Vatican’s message for World Biodiversity Day was spotlighted, the winners of the photo contest, Laudato Si Moment, were announced, and the winners of the Laudato Si Story Contest were presented.
Laudato Si ’Special Anniversary Year’ closed on Pentecost Day.
We celebrated a closing Praying Gathering from Assisi and Rome to express our gratitude to God our Creator and asked for assistance in the work to come. It was the feast of Pentecost, on which we also celebrated the beginning of the Church. We made a missionary-sendoff of local Laudato Si’ Animators and other pastoral agents, so that they may go and announce, “the Gospel of Creation” (LS chapter 2) in every corner of the globe. This year’s theme was evangelization. The celebration was led by Cardinal Tagle, Br. Micheal Perry, OFM and Fr. Augusto Zampini.