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By Nicholas ColluraLaudato Si’ Animator, co-founder of EcoPhilly It’s a phrase we’ve probably said every week, or even every day, of our lives for literally the past decade: “Let’s Google it.” So just as we turn to the internet whenever some fact or statistic eludes...
Laudato Si’ Animators hail from all the different regions of the world. This story comes from the United Kingdom. Through Laudato Si’ Animator Virgnia Bell, we hear the experience they lived during Laudato Si’ Lent.
‘Laudato Si’ is the blueprint’ in South Sudan: How Pope Francis’ encyclical inspires care for creation
The environment and situation in Riwoto and South Sudan are far from ideal. Decades of war have devastated communities and creation. But through Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has shown them the way forward, and Fr. Galvin and the people of Riwoto are following his plan. “We have a problem,” Galvin said, “and Laudato Si’ is the blueprint.”
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My ecological conversion started at the end of 2019 when I began to inform myself about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. My experiences encouraged me to see how caring for our common home is fundamental to a more just and equal society. Before that, I had not realized how everything is interconnected.
Before becoming a Laudato Si’ Animator last year, Anna Maria Bianchi of Italy was searching for a holistic spirituality, something that would bring together all aspects of her Catholic faith.
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The work was hard, but I came to see the connections between the products that I use, fossil fuels, and the face of those harmed by environmental injustice and moral loss. One of my friends said it best, “I will never see the world as I did before.” I feel my fourth conversion coming on… I have become a Laudato Si’ Animator.
Last month, Kit stepped up her activism by becoming a Laudato Si’ Animator. During the six-week training, she connected with thousands of passionate Catholics around the world and learned about the root causes of the climate crisis, as well as the key themes of Laudato Si’.
I had been involved in the fight to save the environment since the late 1990s, fighting for mangroves around Mumbai’s shores. But hearing Pope Francis’ call to praise God with all creation provided a deeper meaning to this pursuit.
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Micronesia. Photo by Asian Development Bank. By Lakop Loannis from Micronesia In collaboration with his deacon, I will organize a Laudato Si' Walk through the upper lands of Paies, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. The walk will use two prayers: Lectio Divina...
Coming together to care for creation in Brazil By Amauri Henrique Rosina from Brazil Inspired by Laudato Si’, we worked to help Catholic schools join the integral ecological conversion from both a formative and pastoral point of view. This project involves the 18...
José Siancas from Peru takes care of the environment.By José Siancas from PeruMy mother and all of us at home have become aware of the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. Through much research and much passion for our common home, we have found...
Advocating to bring Laudato Si’ to lifeBy Diego Amorim and Débora Diogo from BrazilOn the eve of the Season of Creation opening, we organized the conference “Laudato Sì and Public Sustainability Policies in São Paul.” The conference was attended by the Bishop Pedro...