CBCP releases activities for Laudato Si Week 2021

CBCP releases activities for Laudato Si Week 2021

By CBCP News

May 11, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The bishops’ National Laudato Sí Program (NLSP) core team published the calendar for this year’s Laudato Sí Week celebration in the Philippines.

The May 16 to 24 event celebrates the anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical, Laudato Sí, which was issued in 2015.

With the theme “Celebrating Change”, the celebration will be held in the context of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.

Fr. Antonio Labiao, Jr., CBCP-NLSP coordinator, said the lined up activities aim “to celebrate the Church’s breakthrough and advances in bringing Laudato Sí to life”.

“This is also the time to reflect on what the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us and to inspire one another to move on in hope towards a future marked with a deeper love and reverence for life,” he said.

The NLSP was launched last March and seeks to strengthen the collective advocacies, formation plans and actions to care for our common home.

Its core team is led by the Episcopal Commission on Social Action- Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP), also known as Caritas Philippines, and of which Fr. Labiao is the executive secretary.

The program collaborates other CBCP Commissions on Indigenous Peoples, Interreligious Dialogue, Biblical Apostolate, Laity, Basic Ecclesial Communities, and the Global Catholic Climate Movement- Pilipinas.

Here is the schedule of activities for the Laudato Sí Week:

Programs at National Level:

May 16 – National Launching of the Laudato Si Week
May 18 – Dialogue on Education and Ecological Conversion
May 19 – Dialogue on Economy, Energy and Fossil Fuels
May 20 – Ecumenical Gathering for the Care of Creation
May 21 – National Day of Action to Care for Our Common Home
May 22 – Laudato Si Festival
May 23 – Pentecost Sunday
May 24 – Closing – Response to the Laudato Si Action Platform and the Laudato Si Goals

Programs at International Level:

May 17 – Dialogue on UN processes and COPs, 7PM. CET*
May 18 – Dialogue on Education and Ecological Conversion, 7PM. CET
May 19 – Dialogue on Energy and Fossil Fuels, 7PM. CET
May 20 – Presentation of the Prayer Network for the Care of Creation, 7PM. CET
May 21 – Global Action Day for Our Common Home
May 22 – Laudato Si Festival “Songs of Creation” World Biodiversity Day, 7PM. CET
May 23 – Pentecost Prayer Gathering Monday,
May 24 – Presentation of the Laudato Si Action Platform and the Laudato Si Goals

During the week, the dioceses are also encouraged to organize different activities according to their context.

The CBCP-NLSP also provided Laudato Si Week resource materials including homily guide, parish/community prayers, which can be accessed here.

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