How Will You Celebrate the Anniversary of Laudato Si’?

June 18 marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s encyclical on “Care for Our Common Home.” In one year, the encyclical has inspired thousands of Catholics to get involved with care for creation, climate and environmental justice, food security, and more. To celebrate the anniversary of this groundbreaking encyclical, join the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) for Laudato Si Week! Here are some ways you can get involved:

We hope you will join us in celebrating the release of Laudato Si’ and all the wonderful impacts it has made on the fight for environmental justice!

How will your college or university participate celebrate the anniversary of Laudato Si’? Let us know! 


Pope Francis’ April Prayer Intention for Creation

“That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God”

In support of Pope Francis’ April prayer intention for environmental protection, the Global Catholic Climate Movement announces its “Care4Creation Month” prayer campaign by offering resources to help individuals, campuses, and communities pray for the protection of the natural and human environment.

The Care4Creation Month campaign includes reflections on the Stations of the Cross based on Saint John Paul II’s call for an “ecological conversion,” a specially developed set of meditations for the Glorious, Joyful, Sorrowful, and Luminous mysteries of the Rosary, and a Litany to the Holy Trinity, the Creator. There are also posters, liturgical aids, daily meditations, and other help. Click here to see the resources.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is an international network of around 100 Catholic organizations aiming to mobilize Catholics around the world for climate action, in line with Catholic values, especially the protection of creation and all life.

Peace and Justice Resources for Lent

Are you looking for resources to enrich your Lenten journey?  We are pleased to share several resources from our colleagues working for peace and justice:

-The Justice for Immigrants Campaign has produced a toolkit entitled Immigration Reform: Your Lenten Promise, inviting you to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform, in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

-Focusing on climate change during Lent?  In anticipation of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on care for creation and the environment, Ignatian Solidarity Network has released Renewing the Face of the Earth, a Lenten reflection series on protecting God’s creation and fighting climate change.  Sign up for daily updates on the website!  In addition, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has organized a fast for climate justice during Lent 2015.  Catholics from more than 45 countries will fast from food or activities that produce carbon dioxide during each of the 40 days of Lent.  The U.S. fasting date is set for March 16.

-Pax Christi USA has set up a special webpage for Lenten reflections, prayers, and resources.  Visit the webpage to sign up for weekly Lenten reflections!

-Catholic Relief Services is celebrating the 40th year of Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action Lenten program dedicated to changing the lives of the poor through fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  Visit the CRS Rice Bowl site to participate in the program.  You can download the app, watch the new videos on “What is Lent?”, and view simple meatless international recipes to cook during Lent as part of the program.

-USCCB encourages U.S. Catholics to pray, fast, and give during Lent.  Lenten resources are listed on their website, including Pope Francis’ Lenten message and a special Lenten calendar.