On May 24, 2020, the special Year dedicated to Laudato Sí has begun, announced by Pope Francis to reflect on the encyclical, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of its publication.
“Laudato itself constitutes a moral and spiritual guide for the creation of the new paradigm of a more caring, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world. The crisis we are experiencing is a unique opportunity to transform the destruction that surrounds us into a new way of living: united in love, compassion and solidarity, and in a more harmonious relationship with nature, our common home. COVID-19 has clearly stated how deeply connected and interdependent we all are. To start thinking about the world that will come after COVID, we need a comprehensive approach, "since everything is intimately related, and current problems require a view that takes into account all the factors of the global crisis" (LS 137) ”, We read in the message of the Vatican Dicastery for the promotion of integral human development, which it promotes this year of celebrations.
During the special year, numerous institutions will publicly commit to start a 7-year journey towards total sustainability in the spirit of the encyclical: families, dioceses and parishes, schools, universities, hospitals and health centers, companies and farms, and religious congregations They will launch their multi-year plans to reach a totally sustainable world.
To recognize some of the best practices, from the year 2021 the annual Laudato yes awards will be awarded in the following categories:
- Best Laudato leader yes
- Best Laudato family yes
- Best educational institution Laudato yes
- Best faith community Laudato yes
- Best popular and youth initiative Laudato yes
- Best economic / business initiative Laudato yes
- Best communication initiative Laudato yes
During the special year, which will end on May 24, 2021, there will be many projects and events that will put the emphasis on ecological conversion in action. An initiative to highlight is the celebration of the Time of Creation, from September 1 to October 4, coordinated by an ecumenical committee. The musical Laudate will be released, a world biblical contest will be called, and many other initiatives that we will get to know.
And since action cannot be separated from prayer, we join the one that Pope Francis invites us to pray together.
Prayer for the special Year dedicated to Laudato si '
Loving God, Creator of heaven, earth and everything in it.
Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of creation, your gift.
Be present for those in need in these difficult times, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us show creative solidarity to face the consequences of this global pandemic.
Make us brave to embrace changes aimed at the pursuit of the common good.
Now more than ever, that we can feel that we are all interconnected and interdependent.
You have to be able to listen and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May today's suffering be the labor pains of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
Under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians, we ask you for Christ our Lord.