Pope Francis Appeals for Laudato si’ Year

Pope Francis has appealed for a Laudato si’ Year, to commemorate the five-year anniversary of his landmark encyclical “Laudato si’: On the Care for our Common Home.”

The invitation (which included a special prayer) came at the conclusion of Laudato Si’ Week.  As our world suffers from the coronavirus pandemic, The Global Catholic Climate Movement reminds us that “Laudato Si’ tells us that ‘everything is connected’ and tragically, this health catastrophe has much in common with the ecological catastrophe.”

Watch the Pope invite everyone to celebrate the anniversary of Laudato si’ with a renewed determination to protect our common home:

You can find the text of Pope Francis’s prayer (Vatican News English-language translation) below:

Loving God,
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.

Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.

Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,



To Read Laudato si’, click here.