Pope Francis

At the end of the Regina Caeli prayer, Pope Francis spoke of Laudato Si' Week, coordinated by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and encouraged everyone to "Hear the cry of the earth and the poor."

From Vatican News (In-house translation)

Laudato Si' Week was initiated by Pope Francis at the sixth anniversary of his encyclical concerning the protection of our common home. Its purpose was to "teach us to become increasingly aware of the cry of the earth and of the poor," the Pope said during the Regina Caeli prayer. "I thank the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Caritas Internationalis, and the many member organizations, and I encourage everyone to participate," added Pope Francis.

From May 16 to 25, the week will involve Catholic communities around the world, enabling parishes, dioceses, religious congregations, associations, schools and other institutions to deepen their commitment to protecting Creation and developing an integral ecological approach. 

Throughout the week, various online initiatives will be launched to help build a future for the Earth and for humanity that will be more just and sustainable, in keeping with the spirit of Laudato Si', in which the Holy Father explained that "everything is connected."

A platform to spread the "Gospel of Creation’’

This week will also be the occasion for the introduction of a new tool: a platform for Laudato Si' initiatives which will be accessible on the official Vatican Laudato Si' website: www.laudatosi.va. The purpose of this platform is "to bring together the Church's main partners using a variety of actions and events and to continue to spread by a missionary mandate the Gospel of Creation." As with the previous event, the 2021 version recognizes the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development as the main promoter with the collaboration of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, among others, and more than 150 Catholic partner organizations participating in the initiative.