The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development debuted the Laudato Si' Action Platform at a press conference May 25, 2021. The website, pictured here, will serve as a hub for Catholic groups large and small to participate in a seven-year process toward sustainability in the spirit of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." (NCR screenshot)
The Laudato Si' Action Platform is a multi-year effort supported by the Vatican that aims to move the church toward better embracing and acting upon Catholic social teaching on care for creation and integral ecology.
The cry of the Earth is both a call for help and a call to action. The scientific evidence of climate change impacts leaves no room for complacency; God entrusts us with the responsibility to be stewards of creation.
The invitation of Laudato Si' is not only to identify the closeness of the relationship between the cries of the Earth and the poor, but also to discern how persons and communities of faith can and are giving of their lives in response to the cries.
Five months after enrollment opened, the Laudato Si' Action Platform and its organizers remain focused on building bottom-up momentum to deliver a Catholic contribution to efforts to combat climate change.
All sectors of the church are invited to participate in the Laudato Si' Action Platform, the Vatican-backed initiative to encourage concrete action on sustainability and climate change. Based on Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on care for creation, it aims to spark a cultural shift away from exploitation of the planet and its resources.
Originally set for Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Laudato Si' Action Platform is now scheduled to begin its enrollment period on Nov. 14, with materials for the program available on its website.
Hundreds of people and Catholic organizations are part of a broad, worldwide consultation with the Vatican to offer feedback and fine-tune the Laudato Si' Action Platform before its full launch in October.
The Vatican's long-awaited program for putting Pope Francis' ecological encyclical into action throughout the church debuted May 25, with the pope inviting all Catholics on a journey "to create the future we want."
With its 'Laudato Si' Action Platform,' the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is proposing that Catholic communities across the world work toward "total sustainability" in the coming decade.