25 May Franciscans around the world join the Laudato Si’ Revolution
- A global campaign of the Franciscan charism.
- Franciscans are launching a year of celebrations and activities to promote and live the values of the Laudato Si’ encyclical.
- They declare their grateful communion with Pope Francis and his recent designation of the “Laudato Si’ special anniversary year.”
From 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021, the Franciscan Family will join in a global campaign to celebrate and implement the Laudato Si’ encyclical of Pope Francis.
The idea came up during the International Council for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, held in 2019 in Jerusalem. The Franciscan brothers decided to organise a global campaign together with all people who admire St Francis of Assisi, “is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically” (LS.10). Thus was born the Laudato Si’ Revolution, which has about 45 participating institutions.
The Laudato Si’ Revolution is a global campaign whose objective is to encourage and promote integral ecological conversion, that is, an environmental, economic and social ecology. The human and social dimensions are at the heart of our campaign, as we want the values of social and environmental justice, care and respect for creation and intergenerational solidarity to be part of our daily lives.
The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of our fragility and our limits. We have seen with sorrow the death of so many people, no one has been untouched by this international emergency, and so everything is intimately related. Despite the uncertainty, we do not lose hope.
In the words of the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), Michael Perry, “this is not the time to close in on ourselves, Laudato Si’ encourages us to reach out, to step out. He reminds us that we are all connected, that the cry of the poor is our cry, and so is the cry of the earth”.
Today, more than ever, we have the opportunity to think about a new world that is possible. In this context, we believe that the teachings of the Laudato Si’ encyclical can offer a more human and fraternal framework for thinking about an integral and more just development for the whole human race.
That is why Br Michael Perry invites us to join a revolution, “not a revolution in the political sense, but a spiritual revolution. A conversion of mind and heart that brings us closer to the reality of life”.
Along with events to be held around the world, the initiative presents a series of resources for liturgy, reflection and formation.
All the information is available at www.laudatosirevolution.org.