Laudato Si’ Week encourages faithful to intensify efforts against climate crisis

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

Jaime Campos, OFM, Director of the JPIC Office at the General Curia and member of the Laudato Si’ Week committee, said: “In recent years, every month of May, Laudato Si’ Week has been celebrated in various countries where the Order is present. Many JPIC animators prepare liturgical material and organize many activities in parishes, schools, shrines and universities to commemorate the publication of the Encyclical of Pope Francis, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. This week reminds us that the relationship and care of creation – our common home – is part of the Franciscan charism”.

The General Curia’s JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Office works throughout the year to coordinate initiatives aimed at implementing the encyclical Laudato Si’. It animates 108 JPIC offices of the Order around the world that count on the active involvement of 166 assistant friars. 

First and foremost, the Franciscans carry out outreach work to embrace a new way of life (explained on the Nuevo Stilo de Vida website), made up of small, concrete climate actions and local initiatives, chronicled on Laudato Si’ Revolution. Activities related to Laudato Si’ go through the organization of awareness days, music and art on the theme, such as Laudato Si’ Evening, carried on since 2018. For an integral ecology, which also includes caring for people and those marginalized by society, the JPIC office has also developed a coordination for activities with migrants, Red Franciscana. To offer guidance to all friars and those who want to be able to respond to the ecological challenges of our time, the JPIC office has, in addition, developed a subsidy on the care of creation: The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.

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 14.00 CEST on May 27. Registration is required at this link.

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. Catholics are encouraged to inspire their community by registering their local events at LaudatoSiWeek.org, where the full schedule for the week is also available.

*All global events, excluding the movie sneak peek on May 27, will be broadcast on JPIC Office  Facebook and Youtube channels.

(Photo: Fr. Augusto Luiz Gabriel, OFM)