Celebrate Laudato Si' Week 2023 from May 21 to 28!
A new edition of Laudato Si' Week will be held from May 21 to 28 to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical Laudato Si'. "Hope for the Earth. Hope for humanity", will be this year's guiding theme.
The film "The Letter," which tells the story of four "social poets" affected first-hand by the climate crisis who travel to Rome to meet Pope Francis, will be the main resource guiding the week's events, encouraging people to organize community screenings.
Several global events will take place during the week, including an event dedicated to "The Letter" on Saturday 27, and the conclusion of the Week on Pentecost–Sunday 28.
What is Laudato Si' Week?
Laudato Si’ Week began as a way to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home.” Since then, the annual celebration has become a way for all Catholics to unite and rejoice in the progress we’ve made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life and to commit ourselves to further prayer and action for our common home.
The event is organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and facilitated by Laudato Si' Movement together with other partners.
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Engaging Activities for Young People
There are plenty of ecological activities that young people can engage in during Laudato Si' week to celebrate our planet and take steps towards environmental sustainability. Here are some recommendations:
Nature walk: Take a guided nature walk or hike to appreciate the beauty of the natural world and learn about the local ecosystems. This can also be an opportunity to discuss environmental issues and ways to protect the planet.
Intertidal Walk: Plan an intertidal walk to learn about the ocean and the intertidal zone. Explore the rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, or mudflats and observe the diverse plant and animal life that inhabit these areas.
Prayer or meditation circles: Gather a group of friends or community members for a prayer or meditation circle in nature. Use this time to offer gratitude for the gifts of the earth and to pray for the well-being of the planet.
Contemplative photography: Bring a camera or phone on a nature walk and take photos of things that catch your attention. Reflect on the beauty and complexity of these natural objects and use the photos as a reminder to appreciate the natural world.
Mindful gardening: Engage in mindful gardening practices such as planting seeds, weeding, or harvesting. Use this time to reflect on the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of caring for the earth.
Nature-inspired art: Create art inspired by nature, such as painting, drawing, or sculpting. Use this creative process to connect with the natural world and express your appreciation for its beauty.
“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person's face,” - Pope Francis