Laudato Si’ Resources

2020 occasions the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, which was signed on 24 May 2015.

Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, is an inspiration during moments of difficulty. It encourages us to reflect on the values we share and create a more just and sustainable future.

The theme of Laudato Si’ Week is “everything is connected.” During Laudato Si’ Week, we come together as one people around the world to prayerfully discern the lessons of this moment. While the world experiences a history-defining crisis, we reflect and prepare to build a better world.

Laudato Si’ has been welcomed as a document of deep and abiding beauty, and it has prompted people around the world to reflect more deeply on Creator and creation. Its vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

Sign up to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week (May 16-24)

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si’  Week, a nine-day global campaign taking place May 16-24, 2020. Sign up to receive daily reflections with ways to pray, learn, and act to care for God’s creation.

Read the encyclical here

Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español – This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.

Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español – This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis’ call.

Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si’) | en Español

Capitol Hill Briefing on Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Quotes from Church Teaching on Ecology

News

A Call to Action for Governments and Leaders

May 24, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?

PRAY

Today is the Global Day of Prayer to close Laudato Si’ Week. Pope Francis has called all Catholics to pray together at noon local time to pray for a deeper sense of solidarity in our work to care for God’s Creation. Join our global Church and pray today with your family or virtual faith group.

LEARN

Faith communities in the United States are called to be involved in exerting pressure on leaders and governments, both locally and nationally, to be more responsible stewards of creation. Use this Capitol Hill Briefing to learn how the teaching in Laudato Si’ can impact the policies and priorities of our elected leaders.

ACT

What ideas do you have to help civil and political leaders make decisions and policies that will benefit the generations to come, instead of only considering the short-term? Contact your senators and representatives in Congress to let them know that you care about climate change and support action on a national level that includes: consideration for the poor and vulnerable, relief for workers who may be displaced because of climate change policies, and the development and use of alternate renewable and clean-energy resources.

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Looking for more resources? Visit usccb.org/environment for our full library of bilingual resources to help you observe the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.  Also, contact the Social Justice Ministry of the Diocese of Fresno.

Laudato Si’ Week is a nine-day global campaign, sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a national partner. Learn more about this effort encourage Catholics to take bold new action in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at LaudatoSiWeek.org.

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Individuals and Communities Respond

May 23, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?

PRAY

How are you individually called to participate in caring for God’s creation? What role do you have to play in your community’s response to climate change? Use this meditation to discern how you are being called to work for environmental justice.

LEARN

Communities across the United States are coming together to address climate change. Learn how one Catholic Campaign for Human Development-supported group joined forces with community and religious groups to protect community health and the environment.

ACT

The Diocese of Burlington partnered with ecumenical organizations for a “Year of Creation” and together as a community embraced the message of Laudato Si’. Follow their lead by reaching out to your community and discover how you work together to begin to address the climate crisis in your area.

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Looking for more resources? Visit usccb.org/environment for our full library of bilingual resources to help you observe the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.  Also, contact the Social Justice Ministry of the Diocese of Fresno.

Laudato Si’ Week is a nine-day global campaign, sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a national partner. Learn more about this effort encourage Catholics to take bold new action in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at LaudatoSiWeek.org.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

May 22, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?

PRAY

“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it” (Laudato Si’, no. 23). Pray for Care for God’s Creation as you reflect on Pope Francis’ words and the urgent call to address the climate crisis.

LEARN

Many things we do, our daily activities, purchases, food choices, etc., produce carbon dioxide emissions that, in large amounts, are harmful to the climate. This is called our “carbon footprint.” Use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Carbon Footprint Calculator to determine your most carbon-intensive activities.

ACT

We each have a role to play in reversing the impacts of climate change. Start today by responding to the call of Laudato Si’ by taking steps in your home to reduce your carbon footprint and address climate change.

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Looking for more resources? Visit usccb.org/environment for our full library of bilingual resources to help you observe the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.

Laudato Si’ Week is a nine-day global campaign, sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a national partner. Learn more about this effort encourage Catholics to take bold new action in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at LaudatoSiWeek.org.

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A Call to Global Solidarity

May 21, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?

PRAY

We are called to live and act in solidarity with our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Use this Prayer for Global Solidarity to reflect on your “place in this web of Creation” and how you can live in a way that honors the interconnectedness we share with all in this world

LEARN

The adverse effects of climate change devastate poor communities around the globe. One example is the high rate of global hunger – one in nine people worldwide do not have enough to eat. Learn more about the connection between climate change and global hunger and how we can lead the way with sustainable solutions that increase access to nutritious food and address our changing climate.

ACT

Support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services to help vulnerable communities mitigate the effects of climate change by joining the effort to lead the way to a more just world.

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Looking for more resources? Visit usccb.org/environment for our full library of bilingual resources to help you observe the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.

Laudato Si’ Week is a nine-day global campaign, sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a national partner. Learn more about this effort encourage Catholics to take bold new action in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at LaudatoSiWeek.org.

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Protecting Those Who are Vulnerable

May 20, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?

PRAY

Pray with us today for all in the Amazon region: “Mother whose heart is pierced, who yourself suffer in your mistreated sons and daughters, and in the wounds inflicted on nature, reign in the Amazon, together with your Son.”  View the full prayer from Pope Francis on page 7 of the Querida Amazonia study guide.

LEARN

Learn more about the work of REPAM, the Red Eclesial Pan-Amazónica, or Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, a Latin American Catholic church network who works to respond to the challenges facing our brothers and sisters of the Amazon region and their natural environment, whose plight Pope Francis highlights in his newest apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia.

ACT

The actions we take and the products we purchase have a big impact on the fate of our brothers and sisters around the world, especially in the Amazon region. Use this worksheet to uncover the impact of your purchases and discern ways you can choose ethical products in the future.

Join us TODAY at 2 pm ET for our LIVE Bishops’ Roundtable Conversation and join in on the conversation on social media!

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Looking for more resources? Visit usccb.org/environment for our full library of bilingual resources to help you observe the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.

Laudato Si’ Week is a nine-day global campaign, sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a national partner. Learn more about this effort encourage Catholics to take bold new action in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at LaudatoSiWeek.org.

Copyright © 2020 Justice, Peace and Human Development/USCCB, All rights reserved.

 


Care for Our Children & Future Generations

May 19, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of […]


Environmental Justice – May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of […]


A Spiritual Journey – May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of […]


A Spiritual Journey – May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

As we mark five years since the publication of Laudato Si’, we acknowledge that our world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the next nine days of prayer, learning, and action we invite you to reflect on the following: what can I do to make sure that the world that arises out of this current crisis is one that respects the dignity and interconnectedness of all created life?