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what is laudato si'?

Laudato Si’ is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, Pope Francis calls on us to embrace the notion of integral ecology. He challenges us to hear the cries of the earth and the cries of the poor as one. He critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls on us to respond concretely by taking “swift and unified global action”.


WHAT IS A LAUDATO SI' ACTION PLAN?

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a space for institutions, communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey towards full sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has signed up via the Vatican platform to launch our plans over the years.  Each plan helps us journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home we share.  And in doing this the Archdiocese of Brisbane makes a strong commitment to take action to embrace Pope Francis’ vision of integral ecology.

WHY HAVE A LAUDATO SI' ACTION PLAN?

Teams plan to support meaningful and productive action.  By establishing plans we promote dialogue, research and strategic thinking that lay the foundations for powerful and timely action.  Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’: “God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way” (Paragraph 245). Completing thorough planning in prayer is our best way to meet the challenges of our social and climate crises.

Decree 8 of the Plenary Council also calls us to create Laudato Si’ Action Plans.  It asks all Catholic organisations and people to “join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and either develop Laudato Si’ Action Plans, or participate in existing Laudato Si’ Action Plans”.  As the Brisbane Archdiocese moves towards SYNOD24 in September and October we encourage you to explore the resources on the SYNOD website to support conversations around implementing your response to Integral Ecology.

PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES

For resources to promote the Laudato Si’ Action Plan in your community, see here:

Contact

To implement the Laudato Si’ Action Plan in your parish or community, contact Emma Beach.

Emma Beach

Justice, ecology and peace project officer

Email

beache@bne.catholic.net.au

Phone

(07) 3324 3440

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