Today marks the first day of Laudato Si’ Week 2020 (16th to 24th May) which honours the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.” This week launches a year-long journey of transformation, as we grow through the crisis of the current moment by praying, reflecting, and preparing together for a better world to come. Pope Francis invites us to join in Laudato Si’ Week with reflection and preparation for action. He asks that we then put our preparation into action during the Season of Creation which takes place in September 2020.
Although the planned events for Laudato Si’ week have been cancelled, there are many events (from all over the world) that you can join online. For more information go to: https://laudatosiweek.org/
Our photo collage shows Care of the Earth projects that St Patrick’s Missionaries are involved in. Top: Planting trees in schools in Narus, South Sudan, September 2019. Fr Kevin O’Hara (with hat) discusses the damage caused by oil spills from Shell in Nigeria, 2019. Planting trees to mark the end of a district meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, January 2020.
Centre: Climate change walk in Turkana, Kenya, June 2019. Fr John O’Callaghan addresses the crowd at the walk in Turkana.
Bottom: Providing water in Zambia. Fr Samuel Mwathi Gichanga planting trees in Chipata, Zambia. Fr Michael Kane looks after the many designated wildflower and grass areas in St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, Ireland.