Five years ago, Pope Francis published Laudato Si’, his encyclical on climate change.

Since then, Catholic communities everywhere have taken concrete steps to reduce their environmental impact, connected to the Creator in prayer, and encouraged the development of moral environmental policies.

At the same time, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, species have continued to disappear at an astonishing pace, and our brothers and sisters around the world have continued to suffer the effects of a planet in crisis.

During Laudato Si’ Week, we look back to celebrate the incredible actions Catholic communities have taken, and we look ahead to accelerate our action.

Laudato Si’ Week takes place 16-24 May, and communities are invited to take the next step in their journey toward the healing of creation.

Whether it’s holding a first prayer service for creation or installing solar panels, the important thing is to do something more ambitious.

Laudato Si’ Week is sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and facilitated by Global Catholic Climate Movement and Renova+ in collaboration with partners. See more about Laudato Si’ Week here.