“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
After praying the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis made a surprise announcement of a year-long “special reflection” on his encyclical Laudato si’: On the Care for our Common Home
. He said the document sought to “call attention to the cry of the Earth and of the poor.”
The Pope invited everyone to take part in the Laudato si’ Year, which is promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and runs from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021.
“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said.
This month marks the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’
– Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on caring for our common home. To mark the occasion, Pope Francis recently invited Catholics and all people of goodwill to join with him in celebrating Laudato Si’
Throughout the rest of this year, we are invited to join together to reflect on, pray about and learn more about the concrete steps we can take to better care for our common home. The theme of the week is: Everything is connected. Through uniting together in our homes, families, parishes and indeed the wider Church and world we can better care for God’s creation and our common home.
Pope Francis also announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato si’ Year. He encouraged everyone to pray it.
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.
Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,
Invitation by Pope Francis
Ways to celebrate Laudato Si’ Year in your parish, home and family:
- The Laudato Si’ Week website provides helpful resources and tools to help you learn more about Laudato Si’ and ways in which we can work together to better care for our common home.
- Caritas Australia has prepared a list of nature-based activities for the whole family.
- The U.S. Bishops’ have produced a comprehensive yet easy to use discussion guide on Laudato Si’. The resource can be used by a variety of groups – parishes, schools, prayer groups as well as amongst families and friends.
- At 12pm noon on Sunday 24 May, you are invited to join in a global moment of prayer. See more here.
- Read some short reflections on God and nature on our Facebook page written by local Melbournians.
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