Laudato Si': Two years on
16 June 2017
Two years on from Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical, parishes and schools in England and Wales are continuing to reflect and take action on Laudato Si’.
The letter from the Pope, which was the first encyclical devoted to caring for God’s creation, called for everyone on the planet to change our lifestyles and act to prevent problems such as climate change from harming people in the world’s poorest communities.
Exploring Laudato Si’ at school
Children and young people across England and Wales have been learning about the Pope’s message, and have been making personal pledges to care for the earth. CAFOD school volunteers have delivered over 300 sessions on Laudato Si’ in schools, and introduced the Laudato Si’ award, a project to help classes respond to Pope Francis’ call to “live wisely, think deeply and love generously”. Over 20 schools have completed the award and have received certificates for their actions.
"I want to leave a respectful war-free world, a world where everyone has a fair share of things. I want to give future generations a loving world, a place where everyone loves each other and peace is all around the earth." Beth, aged 10, Sheffield
The school Laudato Si’ animations for children and young people have been translated into six languages: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Spanish, Slovakian, Ukranian, and our sister agencies have been using these as tool with schools and groups, meaning that thousands of children and young people around the world are reflecting on Pope’s message to care for the earth.
Catholics reflect on Laudato Si’ in their parishes
In Preston, Our Lady and St Edward's parish have been reflecting on the Laudato Si’ study guide and invited other parishes in the Lancaster diocese to join them.
Parishioners are also celebrating Laudato Si’ on the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September. Sacred Heart parish in Southend-On-Sea held a special service to celebrate caring for the environment last September. Damian Dillon who helped organise the event said:
“The CAFOD’s vigil ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ highlighted God in all of creation both in the Mass and in the vigil that followed. We were reminded of the glorious gift of creation, reflected on a passage by Pope Francis from Laudato Si’, heard the story of Susana living in the mountains of Bolivia in South America and her struggle to grow crops to feed her family, and we listened to Jesus telling the parable of the mustard seed recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
“Everyone present was invited to take home a pot containing soil and a mustard seed or two as a remember of the events of the evening and by taking care of the seed, helping it to grow and flourish - a fitting way to end the evening.”
Your Laudato Si’ challenge
This July, Father Peter Hughes is visiting dioceses in England and Wales from Colombia. He will speak at a series of events for CAFOD volunteers and supporters, and the National Justice and Peace Conference, about the Latin American Church’s response to Laudato Si’.
Has Laudato Si’ inspired you to respond to Pope Francis’ challenge? Join our Power to be campaign and speak up for the one in six people around the world who live without electricity.
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