Laudato Si’ Week 2020

Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, celebrates its fifth anniversary on 24 May. To mark this, and to reflect on our relationship with the Creator and creation, we celebrate Laudato Si' Week.

16 – 24 May 2020

The Catholic Church celebrates a week of global prayer and discernment on how we can build a better world as we experience history-defining crisis.

The focus, rightly, during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is shielding the vulnerable and caring for the sick but it also presents an opportunity to start anew, and to make sure that the world that arises after this crisis has passed is sustainable and just.

Theme

The theme of Laudato Si’ Week is “everything is connected.” The encyclical’s vision of integral ecology, which sees connections between how we treat God, nature, and each other, offers simple but profound truths about the bonds that unite us.

Live Streamed Mass

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and Chair of CAFOD, will celebrate a special Vigil Mass for Ascension Thursday during Laudato Si’ week.

It will be streamed live from Salford Cathedral on Wednesday 20 May at 6pm.

We’ll embed the stream here but do check Salford Cathedral’s broadcast page.

Read the Encyclical

You can read Laudato Si’ in our Pope Francis section.

Resources for Laudato Si' Week

Due to COVID-19, many of the events planned for Laudato Si' Week marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' document on care for our common home, have been cancelled. However there are lots of resources and links available online to help you engage with the initiative.

Laudato Sì Week: Pope appeals for care of Creation

Preparing to celebrate “Laudato Sì” Week Pope Francis underscores the importance of caring for our Common Home in this time marked by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Bishop: We must return to those fundamental questions that everything we do must be done in love of God

On 20 May 2020, Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and Chair of CAFOD celebrated a special Vigil Mass for Ascension Thursday during Laudato Si’ week. Here you will find his full homily.

Bishop Byrne's Laudato Si’ Week message

Bishop Robert Byrne, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle writes about Laudato Si' on its five-year anniversary.

Bishop: May is the month of Mary, and a time to thank God for the beauty of His Creation

The Bishop of Plymouth has highlighted that May is a month when we remember Mary’s important role in creation and invites everyone to a call to conversion "to look at the earth and all its creatures with the eyes of Jesus".

The Journey to 2030

'The Journey to 2030' is a lay run campaign that aims to encourage Catholics and the Church to avoid the worst consequences of the current ecological crisis by engaging now and over the next decade on a ‘long path to renewal.’