Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice and Peace co-ordinator writes: Today marks the beginning of Laudato Si' Week, a time of refection and activity to mark the 5th anniversary since the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical in 2015.
In this time of pandemic, we have become ever more aware of the fragility of our lives and the fragility of our planet. We have not done enough in the last five years to halt the destruction of the ecosystem that sustains us and so the Pope has renewed his urgent call to the Faithful to return to this document and other sources to step up our efforts to protect and preserve our environment. All life on earth depends on the decisions we make in the next few years about how we want to relate to the natural world.
The central insight of Pope Francis is that to end our injustice to the planet, we must end injustices among ourselves:
"Today … we have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." (LS 49)
To start the week we warmly encourage you to return to the text, pick up a copy of Laudato Si' or read it online and take its message to heart.
Join us on Monday 18th March, 7.30-8.30pm for a Living Laudato Si' Evening:
There is still time to save our beautiful world.
Read the Encyclical in full: www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html
Vatican website for Laudato Si' Week: https://laudatosiweek.org
More resources: https://journeyto2030.org/2020/05/15/laudato-si-week/
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