French Catholics united for Laudato Si’ Week
Catholics around the world came together at noon local time on Sunday 24 May for a global day of prayer. Eglise Verte (Green Church) and Chrétiens Unis Pour La Terre (Christians United For The Earth) encouraged Catholics in France to come together once more on Sunday and ring bells in solidarity at 8 p.m. local time.

Laura Morosini, chairwoman of Chrétiens Unis Pour La Terre and an animator for the Eglise Verte program, invited Catholics in France to find any bell to ring, even the digital ones on their cell phones, on Sunday evening. Ringing a bell in solidarity with other French Catholics communicated to the world that Catholics are committed to work for a just recovery and “start again differently” after the pandemic.

“Laudato Si’ will help us change after this pandemic for the best,” Morosini said. “We can keep the best things, such as silence, animals, less pollution, and more family life. We can also be conscious of the importance to see and hug people we love.”

Morosini said Laudato Si’ compels us all to act on behalf of our common home. As Pope Francis wrote, “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.” (Laudato Si’ 14)