Pope Francis has marked the two-year anniversary of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which aims to promote care for the environment. Source: Vatican News.
The Pope also asked people to pray for the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai.
In his greetings to the crowds gathered for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis recalled the 2021 launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform that offers useful tools for the care of the environment, our common home. An initiative of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, the platform offers a shared space assisting the Church in developing responses to the ecological crisis, as described by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ and more specifically in his recent document, Laudate Deum.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides guidance, suggests actions and gives support to families, parishes, dioceses, educational institutions, health facilities, organisations, workers, businesses and even religious communities in efforts to care for our common home.
“I thank those who have joined in this initiative and encourage them to continue on the path of ecological conversion,” Pope Francis said.
The Pontiff then followed by asking to “pray for the Dubai Climate Change Conference, COP28, which is now close at hand”.
The COP28 summit will bring together world leaders in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, to find agreement on policies aimed at limiting the rise in global temperature and dealing with the impacts associated with climate change.
Pope Francis will attend the summit and is scheduled to deliver a speech on December 2. The Pope will travel to the United Arab Emirates from December 1 to 3. In addition to attending COP28, he will have private bilateral meetings and inaugurate the “Pavilion of Faith” at Expo City, designed to inspire more action to curb climate change.