Launching of the Laudato Si Action Platform 2027

         Vatican City, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 28 May 2021 — In the midst of the busy end of May we could just miss the conclusion of the Laudato Si’ Week (May 17-24) or the end of the Laudato Si’ Year (May 24, 2020-2021). At the same time, under direct inspiration of Pope Francis’ Encyclical published in 2015, the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Development (Card. Peter K.A. Turkson) launched the long planned ‘Laudato Si’ Action Platform’ (https://laudatosiactionplatform.org).        This means that 6 years after the publishing of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical (2015), the whole Catholic community around the world is invited to embark on another 7-year path, to bring about an effective global impact on caring for our common home. The Vatican-led tool will empower Catholic institutions, communities, movements, religious congregations and families to implement Laudato Si’ with concrete goals, strategies and resources. There is already an ambitious plan to motivate the ‘critical mass’ of 3.5% Catholics around the world in order to make this movement truly effective. Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle has already officially sent out the first ‘Laudato Si Animators’ on the last day of the Laudato Si’ Year, May...

The Foundations of Science A Catholic Elementary School Science Curriculum The Foundations of Science series introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in light of God’s providential care over creation, and the first 4 volumes are releasing over the course of the 2021-22 academic year. Foundations of Science covers an extensive scope of scientific studies, from animals and plants, to the depths of the ocean and the marvels of our planet. Still more, it reveals the intricate order found beneath the surface of creation and chronicles many of the Church’s contributions to science throughout history. The first volume, Animals: Creatures of the Wild, offers a tour of the animal kingdom and the habitats in which mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish live and thrive. Children will discover how animals find and hunt for food, how and why they live in concert with other animals, why they migrate or hibernate, and more. What do animals have to do with our Catholic Faith? How is virtue similar to the protective exoskeleton of some insects? And how does a lesson on reptiles lead to a discussion of Mary’s battle with Satan from Genesis to Revelation? The accompanying video lecture series connects lessons from the textbook to truths about faith,...

Laudato Si’ Week 2021: May 16-24,2021

Laudato Si week 2021Invitation of Pope Francis to participate in Laudato Si Week 2021: May 16-24 Invitation du Pape François à participer à la Semaine Laudato Si 2021: 16 au 24 mai May you have a beautiful month of May, with inspiring Salesian Celebrations of St. Dominic Savio, St. Mary Mazzarello and Mary Help of...

Pope on Earth Day: “It is time to act!” – Vatican News

Pope on Earth Day: “It is time to act!” Pope Francis calls for urgency in joint efforts on the path towards protecting our planet, in two separate video messages for Earth Day 2021. By Vatican News staff writer Commemorating the 51st Earth Day on Thursday, Pope Francis sent two video messages reminding everyone of the importance of working together to protect our planet. In a message for the Leaders Summit on Climate, the Pope said the initiative sets world leaders on a path towards the COP26 meeting to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021. He said the Leaders Summit encourages nations to “take charge of the care of nature, of this gift that we have received and that we have to heal, guard, and carry forward.” “Our concern is to see that the environment is cleaner, purer, and preserved,” said the Pope, “and to take care of nature so that it takes care of us.” Earth Day 2021 In a separate video message marking Earth Day 2021, Pope Francis continued in the same vein. “It is always good to recall things that we have said to one another so that they will not fall into oblivion,” the...

Laudato Si, Resource Manual – For the animation of parishes, schools and youth groups

Laudato Si, Resource Manual – For the animation of parishes, schools and youth groups 04 March 2021 Care for Creation is a constant theme in both the Old and New Testament. Scripture highlights creation and the need to live in harmony with everything around us. Environmental justice has been a repeated theme in the Social Doctrine of the Church. Care for the environment represents a challenge for all of humanity. Responsibility for the environment, the common heritage of mankind, extends not only to our present needs but also to those of the future. In ‘Laudato Si’’ (2015) the Holy Father, Pope Francis summarizes the environmental issues, calls for a debate and invites us to look carefully at the reality of what is around us. In the context of development, we in Papua New Guinea, a country blessed with an abundance of natural resources, need to evaluate the impact of the many mining, fishing, logging and gas projects. Over the past year 2020, the Catholic Bishops Conference in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have organized a variety of sessions. Some of these have been compiled together and together with other resources are published as this Laudato Si’ Resource Manual to assist...

Pope: Pulses can help fight malnutrition and hunger – Vatican News

  POPE POPE FRANCIS FAO MESSAGE FOOD AND WATER MEDICINE & HEALTH PAUL RICHARD GALLAGHER Pope: Pulses can help fight malnutrition and hunger The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, sends a message on behalf of Pope Francis to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on the occasion of a virtual event to mark World Pulses Day. By Robin Gomes Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for rural and indigenous workers, especially women, who play an important role in producing and distributing food to fight malnutrition and hunger in the world. On the occasion of World Pulses Day, February 10, the Pope highlighted the fundamental role of rural women in food production and distribution through cooperative mechanisms that, in essence, find their reason and strength in their love for others and in working together. Pulses and global food security He noted the enormous potential of pulses to strengthen global food security.  Pulses, such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, are simple and nutritious foods that transcend geographical barriers, social affiliations and cultures. They are found on the tables of many families because they manage to satisfy different protein needs in our daily diets. To...