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“for we know that things can change”

(LS 13)

16-25 May 2021

Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held May 16-25, will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion.

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.

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Laudato Si’ Week General Program

All of the events will be broadcast on social media and other channels.

In addition, every day we will broadcast a live show at 1 p.m. CET to highlight how Laudato Si’ has inspired Catholics around the world. Follow us on social media!

17 May - Laudato Si Dialogue

7 PM CET / 1 PM EST

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Laudato Si Dialogue: Critical Opportunities in 2021 to create change: call for an integral path.

This webinar will highlight key political opportunities in 2021 to create change, with a focus on the UN climate conference (COP 26) and the UN biodiversity conference (COP 15) and the need for an integral approach. We will hear from the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and from indigenous and youth leaders on the key role these conferences must play in building back better after the COVID 19 pandemic, achieving global goals, restoring harmony between humanity and nature, and building a culture of care and justice..

Participants:

Moderator: Christine Allen, CAFOD Director

Representative from the Dicastery, Fr Augusto Zampini

Global Youth movement representative, Ditebogo Lebea, South African Institute of International Affairs

Representative from  COICA (Amazonia), Gregorio Mirabal

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18 May - Laudato Si Dialogue on Education

2 PM CET / 8 AM EST

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Laudato Si Dialogue on Education

Leaders from renowned institutions across the globe will share practical experiences about how they use Laudato Si’ to inspire students, and they’ll offer tips to other institutional leaders seeking to do the same in their part of the world.

Moderator: Amy Echeverria (Columban Missionaries)

Jacqui Remond, LISTEN (Australia)

Séverine Deneulin, Laudato Si’ Research Institute, University of Oxford (UK)

Margaret Pfeil, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame (US)

Alberto López Rosado, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Madrid (Spain)

Adrián Beling, Director of the Higher Diploma in Integral Ecology, University Network for the Care of the Common Home (Argentina)

Diego Solano, RENOVA+ (Argentina)

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19 May - Laudato Si Dialogue on Energy and Fossil Fuels

3 PM CET / 9 AM EST

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Laudato Si Dialogue on Energy and Fossil Fuels:  Global Catholic Divestment Drumbeat

An online dialogue to raise awareness about the role of energy and fossil fuels in the crisis of our common home, including health impacts, while bringing attention to the Vatican’s divestment guidelines and the largest faith and Catholic divestment commitment to date. The panel will encourage the audience to consider the importance of ethical investment guidelines and invite them to join LSAP to guide their path.

Moderator: Lindlyn Moma, Director of Advocacy for the Global Catholic Climate Movement

His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE)

Bill McKibben, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder at  350.org

Reabetswe Tloubatla, Denis Hurley Peace Institute/SACBC

Jeni Miller, Executive Director at Global Health and Climate Alliance

Bishop Brendan Leahy (Limerick, Ireland)

Clare Fussell, Diocesan Environmental Officer (Diocese of Bristol, England)

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20 May - Sowing Hope for the Planet / Creation Care Prayer Network

3 PM CET / 9 AM EST

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Sowing Hope for the Planet / Creation Care Prayer Network.

Organised by: JPIC UISG-USG
Outline: 90 minutes
Language: English

Eco-spirituality brings hope to a troubled world. Please join us for an opportunity to share in the fruitfulness of the work of Sowing Hope for the Planet. In this session, we will journey with men and women religious engaged in promoting Laudato Si'. We will celebrate stories of ecological conversion, both personal and communal. Examples of integrating conscious prayer and sacred action will be shared.

During the event, the Creation Care Prayer Network will be presented and promoted.

Moderators: Sheila Kinsey, FCJM and Alberto Parise, MCCJ

Sr. Jyotisha Kannamkal, SND (India)

Sr Leetta  Hammock, SSND (Paraguay)

Sr. Beatrice Hernandez, OSF (USA)

Fr. Edwin Borlasa, MSC, (Philippines)

Christina Leaño, Global Catholic Climate Movement (USA)

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21 May - Global Action Day for Our Common Home

Global Action Day for Our Common Home

A global call for individuals, communities, and institutions worldwide, who are invited to organise a concrete action to care for our common home. 

Find ideas for your action here.

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22 May - Laudato Si Festival “Songs for Creation”

7 PM CET / 1 PM EST

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Laudato Si Festival “Songs for creation”. 

The cultural festival “Songs for Creation” will present biodiversity lost in the world and its consequences, focusing on the biodiversity problems in the artists’ and musicians’ regions. 

Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realise 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 life and spirituality (LS #63)

During the event, the Vatican’s message for World Biodiversity Day will be spotlighted, the winners of the photo contest Laudato Si Moment will be announced, and winners of the Laudato Si Story Contest will be presented.

Moderator: Lucia Capuzzi, Avvenire

Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé. Secretary at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Fr. Augusto Zampini, Adjunct Secretary at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Tomás Insua, GCCM’s Executive Director

Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, Coordinator of the Sector of “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (TBC)

Steven Kezamutima (Africa)

Luca Terrana (Italy)

AAIRA (Spain)

Migueli Marin (Spain - Italy)

Gen Verde (International)

Sandesh Manuel (India / Austria)

Filocalia (Argentina)

Avant-première of the short film Last of my Kind produced by Off the Fence, Oscar’s winners for My Octopus Teacher. Live dialogue with Nicolas Brown, film’s producer.

Mauricio López from CELAM and CEAMA (ex REPAM)

Father Victor Moreno (Colombia) from Laudato Si Story Contest.

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23 May - (Pentecost) Praying Gathering

3 PM CET /  9 AM EST

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(Pentecost). Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year Closing Praying Gathering / Missionary Sending

We will celebrate a closing Praying Gathering from Assisi and Rome to express our gratitude to God our Creator and ask for assistance in the work to come. On this feast of Pentecost, in which we also celebrate the beginning of the Church, we want to make a missionary-like sending 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. Given the evangelisation theme, the celebration will be led by Cardinal Tagle.

Moderator: His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino

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24 May - Roundtable about WASH

11:30 AM CET / 5:30 AM EST

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Roundtable about WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)  in Catholic health care facilities

Organised by: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Outline: 75 minutes
Language: English with translations into Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Following the publication of the document Aqua fons vitae and the press release of March 21st, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is pleased to provide an update on its WASH project (access to drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in a selected number of health care facilities belonging to the Catholic Church.

His Eminence Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

His Excellency Damiano Guzzetti, Bishop of Moroto in Uganda (one of the Dioceses involved in the WASH project)

Sister Adela Orea, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (one of the Congregations involved in the WASH project), Administrator of the San Carlos Hospital in Altamirano Chiapas, Mexico

Sr. Liberty “Beth” Elarmo, member of the General Council of the Sisters Ministers of the Infirm of St. Camillo de Lellis (one of the Congregations involved in the WASH project)

Mr. David Douglas, Founder of the non-profit Waterlines and Principal of GlobalWater 2020

Miss Lindsay Deny, Health Adviser at GlobalWater 2020

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25 May - Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Organised by: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

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Stories from Laudato Si’ Week

‘The Lord’s creation is not for sale’

‘The Lord’s creation is not for sale’

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During Papal Angelus, Pope Francis launches Laudato Si’ Week

Pope Francis graciously started Laudato Si’ Week 2021 during his Papal Angelus (Regina Caeli) on Sunday 16 May. His Holiness warmly invited everyone to participate in the 10-day event and to learn more about how to “listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” during the global celebration.

Laudato Si’ Week 2021: Everything you need to know

Laudato Si’ Week 2021: Everything you need to know

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 is here! Here is everything you need to know about the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year: how you can participate in the global events, and how you can create change on the local level and help bring Laudato Si’ to life.

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