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...

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...

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...

29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 20, 2020 WORD of the DAY Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. (Luke 12: 35-38) How shall I live this Word? Live with your eyes open to be blissful, happy. This is the indication that appears most evident in Jesus’ words. But what is implied in this invitation? This can be understood by thinking about how the master returning home, would not want to find the servants. It seems obvious to me that those servants who the master finds asleep on his return will not be blessed. Living with your eyes closed, living asleep, is basically not living at all. It would mean living without noticing who comes to meet us, who...