The impact of Laudato Si’ one-year-on
16 June 2016
Figures from CAFOD have shown that thousands of Catholics in England and Wales have responded to Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’, whose anniversary is on 18 June.
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.
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Catholics across England and Wales have reacted in unprecedented numbers in the year since Laudato Si’s publication.
Nearly 8,000 copies of an encyclical guide produced by CAFOD and our Scottish partner SCIAF have been ordered and hundreds of parishioners have attended study days we’ve organised in England and Wales and for our overseas partners in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Colombia.
40,000 people signed a joint petition to David Cameron launched on the day of the encyclical’s publication by CAFOD, SCIAF, and our sister Caritas agency in Ireland, Trōcaire.
And hundreds of people walked on marches or travelled on pilgrimages to Paris ahead of the UN climate change conference which led to a landmark agreement.
Fr Hugh Pollock, who travelled with CAFOD to the Paris climate talks, said:
“If I can form a little part of a groundswell of encouragement for leaders to dare to act, then I will feel I have done something to protect what Pope Francis calls ‘our common home’.”
Kate Eastmond, who also travelled to Paris, said:
“I’m responding to the Pope’s call to action by holding myself accountable and trying to make a difference right now. We need to realise what is most important to us and what we risk losing if we don’t act.”
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