Laudato Si’ Week 2023

South America on Gaia by Luke Jerram in Derby Cathedral

It has been eight years and one day since the Pope published the encyclical Laudato Si’ on caring for our common home, echoing the call of St Francis of Assisi.

During this time we have seen more change to our fragile planet with deteriorating climate and continued creeping loss of biodiversity. At the same time we have also seen great hope. People are increasingly aware of the situation and growing numbers of people are beginning to make practical changes to improve the situation and put care back into the world.

Today Pope Francis published his message for the ecumenical Season of Creation that starts on 1 September with the Day of Creation. To find out more on what is being planned globally, have a look at the Laudato Si’ Movement website.

In the UK, many of the Laudato Si’ Animators joined in with the Big One four day rally last month in London. The Big One was an opportunity to come together to demand “that the Government faces the reality of the climate crisis” and called on them to “bring an end to the fossil fuel era, an end to pollution and an end to loss of biodiversity“. Laudato Si’ Animators UK Network members joined with other Christian and Faith groups for prayers during the four day event.

Laudato Si’ Animators are people from around the world who are inspired by the encyclical and who have received training from the Laudato Si’ Movement “to inform and inspire others to engage in dialogue and action on the current environmental crises”. Why not give it a go? Register your interest here.