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"Laudato Si" marks fifth anniversary

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 20/05/2020


"Laudato Si", the encyclical written by Pope Francis, on the care for our common home, marks its fifth anniversary this May 24, 2020.

Issued on Pentecost 2015, the third year of  the Holy Father Francis as pope, Laudato Si, calls on each one all over the world to  be vigilant in caring for our common home.

The first paragraph of the encyclical reads:

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.[1]

Global Catholic Climate Movement- Pilipinas, which spearheads activities in the country in coordination with the different religious congregations, has prepared webinars and conferences online that encourage various groups to participate in this worldwide event.

In his encyclical, Pope Francis brought to the people on What is happening to our Common Home? He identified pollution and climate change, the issue of water, the loss of biodiversity, the decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society, global inequality as some of the reasons for the deterioration of our common home. He also cited the weak responses of the people especially those in position of leadership, a leadership “capable of striking out on new paths and meeting the needs of the present with concern for all and without prejudice towards coming generations .”

Pope Francis called on all who can enter into dialogue with one another so that we can develop comprehensive solutions to this situation.

GCCM has also conducted seminars before the lockdown and is continuing its advocacy through webinars and online meetings.

In the 2015 Congregational Chapter  Statement of the RGS,  sisters and lay mission partners  wrote, “We explored with fresh enthusiasm spirituality that nourishes our relationship with God and challenges us to recognize our interconnectedness with the whole of creation which obliges us to protect our common home.”

In the Province of Philippines-Japan, the sisters in the Provincialate, also offered prayers and petitions as a remembrance of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si.

A Prayer for our Earth By Pope Francis*

 All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.


Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.