Celebrations Planned for Laudato Si’ Anniversary
May 16-24th, 2020
Catholic Earthcare Australia and our partners at the Diocese of Parramatta, the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ week by listening, praying, reflecting and participating in Pope Francis’ call to action.
5 Year Anniversary of Pope’s Encyclical on Environment
Catholic Earthcare director Bernard Holland said Pope Francis had called on people worldwide to hear his urgent call to respond to the earth’s ecological crisis and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ with another call to action.
Paramount to the call is the engaging young people as future leaders, Mr Holland said.
“It is important that we coordinate our activities to ensure Australian Catholics have access to all the best opportunities and resources from our different faith communities,” he said.
Of particular note, will be an international dialogue between Catholic youth from the five island nations of Malta, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Australia.
“The intensification of storms in the pacific and annual 6mm of sea water rises will devastate Pacific nations yet they have little contribution to the root cause of warming our planet,” Mr Holland said.
Paul Pace, from the University of Malta, said that youth in Malta, like those in most developed countries, do not fully understand the impact our lifestyles are having on poorer countries and their people. “This opportunity for our Catholic youth to dialogue with our Pacific brothers and sisters will be both enlightening and educational,” Professor Pace said.
Catholic Earthcare is leading this dialogue with a view to connecting youth so they may decide how they can answer Pope Francis’ call to action on the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.
Details: Laudato Si’ Week