Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:20

Online events mark 5th anniversary of Church Document on Ecology


In a video message released on March 3, 2020, His Holiness Pope Francis invited the faithful worldwide to take part in the Laudato Si Week from May 16-24, 2020, to mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of his Encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" with the theme, “Everything is Connected.”

“I would like to invite you to participate in Laudato Si' Week from 16-24 May 2020. It is a global campaign on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si': On the care of our common home. I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis." 

The Pope's message was to remind people how the current pandemic should impel us more to care for our planet.

"The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue. Let's take care of creation, a gift of our good Creator God. Let's celebrate Laudato Si' Week together."

According to Global Climate Catholic Movement (GCCM), from May 16 to 24, Catholics are encouraged to take part in interactive and collaborative online training centered around eco-spirituality, sustainability, advocacy, and community-building. Laudato Si’ Week will end on Sunday, May 24, with a global day of prayer at noon, local time.

“The lessons of the encyclical are particularly relevant in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought many parts of the world to a halt. Laudato Si’ offers a vision for building a more just and sustainable world,” according to a press release by GCCM.

In the Archdiocese of Manila, the celebration of the Laudato Si week was launched online on May 16, 2020, via Radio Veritas.

Several online activities were prepared by the Ministry on Ecology of the archdiocese that the faithful can participate. On May 16, 18, 21 and 24, a webinar with Living Laudato Si Ph will be held online and a Presentation of Doable Actions to Living Laudato Si towards Season of Creation on May 20, at 7:30 p.m.

A Night of Laudato Si Prayer and reflection will be held on May 23, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom (link: https//uso2web.zoom.us/j/8765077651) with Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo. Apostolic Administrator of Manila giving a reflection on the “Lessons Learned for the Care of Our Common Home given by the Corona Virus.”

Fr. Yulito Ignacio will expound on the topic “Rosary and Message of Fatima” at 8:30 p.m. It will be followed by the simultaneous online praying of the rosary (via zoom) with each mystery to be led by the parish representatives from the five cities within the archdiocese at 9:00 p.m.

The celebration of the online Mass will culminate the event on May 24 at the Malate Church to be presided by Bishop Broderick Pabillo at 10 a.m. via the Social Communications platforms of the Archdiocese of Manila – TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications.

“The whole purpose of these is to bring about what Pope Francis calls for which is ecological conversion. Very much part of ecological conversion is us, the human species realizing the world is not for us. We are here to serve the biological world and the whole world of creation. We’re not behaving that way and now it’s going back against us,” said Fr. John Leydon, SSC, GCCM-Philippines Chairperson, during the online launch. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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