Laudato Si Category

IN THE SPIRIT OF LAUDATO SI’ • Together this week, Christians on six continents will start the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home with three transformational events. — In a joint statement, the presidents of the CCEE and the CEC invite the faithful to take part in the Season of Creation, encouraging them to celebrate the richness of the Christian faith as an expression to protect our common home: From 1 September to 4 October, Christians all over the world celebrate the Season of Creation, asRead More
Interview with Ulrich Grauert, Switzerland, on Economy of Francesco • “I am one of the 2000 young people who were selected for The Economy of Francesco in Assisi,” Valentina Alarcón, an engineer from Chile, wrote to me in the chat of a video conference on social justice and the new social order, which was organized by a group of Chilean Schoenstatters motivated by the social thought of Joseph Kentenich. “We have to talk about this specifically”, I write back, “I know someone from Switzerland who is also present. I referRead More
Pilar Andrade, Spain • The issue of environmentalism bothers a lot of people. They find the demonstrations in which thousands of people – especially young people – take to the streets demanding measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe, exaggerated. Greta Thünberg, in particular, is bothering people: how can a teenage brat teach government leaders lessons? In Spain, which is where I write from, many associate environmentalism with the extreme left, and therefore with a political ideology whose historical roots are not only alien, but even contradictory to some aspects ofRead More
By Bettina Betzner, Germany  • Dear Pope Francis, I would like to have a personal conversation with you about ‘Laudato Si’. I would like to seek your warm closeness, to look into your eyes, to be captured by your warm gaze, to be moved by your spiritual depth and your authenticity, to make your concern my concern… I had this experience when I saw the film “A Man of His Word” by Wim Wenders. —   Meeting you has changed something in me. After your message in the film IRead More
COSTA RICA, Randall Barquero, Laudato Si Commission, Schoenstatt Costa Rica •  The Schoenstatt Movement’s Laudato Si Commission in Costa Rica was formed in 2016, one year after the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical. Within the context of the Laudato Si Week of the Universal Church (May 16th to 24th), we shared some general details about this commission and its work. —   In 2016, the year after the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si, the Schoenstatt Movement in Costa Rica committed to build its first branch shrine, and a fewRead More
DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, editors, with material from www.laudatosiweek.org and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Integral Development• We are in the midst of Laudato Si Week (May 16-24), called by Pope Francis in March of this year, to celebrate the five years of the publication. A week celebrated around the world with workshops, symposia, virtual prayers, supported by dioceses, media, movements and institutions around the world, and which will culminate on Sunday May 24th at noon with a time of collective prayer. Catholics around the world will be united spiritually becauseRead More
VATICAN, editors • The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development already in July released a short video which summarizes objectives and outcomes of the International Conference “Saving our common home and the future of life on Earth”, held in the Vatican , 5-6 July 2018, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’. We gladly publish it today, September 1, on occasion of the fourth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Coordinating author of the video and the textRead More