‘Laudato Si’, Care for Our Common Home’ is being celebrated this week. Published in May 2015 this document is a clarion call which has inspired millions of people around the world to take urgent action on the environmental crisis.
“I wish to address every person… I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (Laudato SI’ 1,14).
These are the opening words from Pope Francis in his ground-breaking encyclical Laudato Si’, Care for Our Common Home.
Published in May 2015 this document is a clarion call which has inspired millions of people around the world to take urgent action on the environmental crisis. This week we celebrate the document’s fifth anniversary.
As we celebrate Laudato Si this week it is good to recall some key moments in Ireland since its publication:
Laudato Si’ tells us that “everything is connected” and as we celebrate Laudato Si this week, we are also mindful that, tragically, our current health crisis has much in common with the ecological catastrophe.
Both are global emergencies affecting millions of people around the world. Both are experienced most deeply by the poor and vulnerable, exposing the deep injustices in our societies. Both will be solved only through a united effort that calls on the best of the values we share.
As we prepare for the journey beyond COVID-19, may this week be an opportunity to reflect on what kind of world we want to emerge into.
How can we work together for a more sustainable world? This is a threshold moment.
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Pope Francis tells us, “Hope would have us recognise that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps….All it takes is one good person to restore hope… Truly, much can be done!” (Laudato Si, 61, 180).