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Australia celebrates Laudato Si’ Week earlier than the rest of the world to avoid a clash with Reconciliation Week (Supplied)

The Church in Australia is this week celebrating Laudato Si’ Week, marking eight years since the publication of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for creation. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Catholics communities are encouraged to reflect on the Laudato Si’ encyclical and act to bring its ideals to life, focusing on this year’s theme, “Hope for the Earth. Hope for Humanity”.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Justice, Peace and Ecology Office has developed a series of reflection sheets based on the key findings of the State of the Environment Report 2021, exploring the human impacts on Australian ecosystems and the environment. They can be accessed from the ACBC Justice, Ecology and Peace site.

On Sunday, Pope Francis will open Laudato Si’ Week, which for the rest of the world takes place on May 21–28. Australia celebrates Laudato Si Week one week earlier (May 16–24) so it does not clash with the national Reconciliation Week, May 27–June 3. 

As part of the global celebrations, the Vatican is promoting the movie The Letter. The film tells the story of frontline leaders journeying to Rome to discuss the encyclical with Pope Francis.

For more information on Laudato Si’ Week and to download the resources and action ideas go to the ACBC Justice Ecology and Peace site.

Find out more about The Letter from the Laudato Si’ Week 2023 website.


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