Laudato Si anniversary year launches

Laudato Si anniversary year has launched and runs from May 24, 2020 to May 24, 2021.

While the world experiences a history-defining pandemic crisis, Laudato Si Week (May 17-24) gave us an opportunity to reflect and prepare to build a better world.

The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development promoted the week and announced the celebration of a Special Laudato Si Anniversary Year, which runs from May 24, 2020 to May 24, 2021.

The kickoff for the anniversary year took place at noon across the globe (local time) on May 24 when Catholics brought solidarity to the world in a shared moment of prayer.

Anniversary year initiatives

Some of the initiatives scheduled during the Laudato Si anniversary year include the Season of Creation (September 1-October 4), an international conference, musical, and conferring of Laudato Si awards. Other special projects include a documentary film on Laudato Si and a Laudato Si tree planting initiative. There is also an initiative to fight plastic pollution.

The Vatican held the 3rd International Conference on Laudato Si May 23-24, 2020. The event included several interventions on Faith for Earth, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, an interfaith launch of the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and the launch of the Living Chapel Initiative.

Seven areas of interest

The Laudato Si Anniversary Year will conclude by launching a Laudato Si Action Platform that will simultaneously address seven areas of interest for a period of seven years. These areas are families, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and religious orders. They will be asked to make the 7-year journey in the spirit of Laudato Si to ultimately become Laudato Si dioceses or schools.

From 2021 onwards, the Sector on Ecology and Creation of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development also plans to confer seven awards, such as Outstanding Laudato Si Leader, Outstanding Laudato Si Local Animator and Outstanding Laudato Si Family.

The anniversary year and decade to come call for us all to act together to save Our Common Home, to create a new birth, a new common home, to restore the ecosystems, to build up solidarity among ourselves.

Learn more about the Laudato Si Anniversary year at https://bit.ly/3cMnKSD

Read Laudato Si at https://bit.ly/3bGenCw

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com