Pope Francis urges the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of the climate emergency and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor, mother Earth and future generations. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a compelling call to care for our common home, earth, and builds on a long history of Catholic teaching.
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change… It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter… can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face”. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13, 15. Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that human beings are rendering to the environment and his fellow human beings. While addressing the environment directly, the document’s scope is broader in many ways as it looks at not only man’s effect on the environment, but also the many philosophical, theological, and cultural causes that threaten the relationships of man to nature and man to each other in various circumstances. To further support this call, the Global Catholic Climate Movement founded in 2015 has been renamed as Laudato Si Movement (LSM). LSM is a community of Catholics, responding to the Pope’s call to action in the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The movement consists of lay people, priests, religious, bishops and a global network of member organizations working together on the climate change crisis. Some of you are already part of this larger movement. In continuation with the Universal Apostolic Preferences ‘Care for our Common Home’, Laudato Si Movement and Laudato Si, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has developed 7 Laudato Si Goals to meaningfully engage the Society of Jesus in action towards caring for our Common Home, the mother nature. The seven Laudato Si Goals (LSGs) are:
As a part of this larger initiative, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is inviting institutions, communities and families throughout the world to make a 7-Year Journey toward Integral Ecology. The Laudato Si project was soft launched last year during the Laudato Si week in November 2021 to prepare the religious communities, however the full launch of the project will be on 27th April 2022.
JCI/SA encourages Institutions, Communities, Churches and Families in South Asia to visit the Laudato Si Action Platform for more details and to prepare and engage in this journey towards caring of our Mother Earth.