For Immediate Release
June 10, 2016
Contact: Christina Leano +1-786-459-5667
Catholic Church Takes Action to Celebrate Laudato Si Anniversary


Catholics around the globe will mark the one year anniversary of the release of Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si': On Care of our Common Home through a week-long series of activities organized under Laudato Si Week.

Approximately 300 local Laudato Si' events are taking place in more than 30 countries, including Eucharistic celebrations in the Amazon, educational forums in Nairobi,and a launching of GCCM-Pilipinas in the Philippines. The week kicks off with GreenFaith's Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust on June 12, an interfaith day of celebration of the earth and action on climate change.

On June 13, an Laudato Si Online Conference will launch a series of webinars, one for each chapter of the encyclical to encourage a continued dialogue following the Pope's "urgent appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet". [LS #14]

Senior Vatican officials, world-renowned experts of multiple disciplines and leaders from different faiths will come together in this online conference to share their Laudato Si' insights with participants. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Vatican officials as Cardinal Turkson (Pontifical Council Justice & Peace), Bishop Sanchez Sorondo (Pontifical Academy of Sciences) and Cardinal Onaiyekan (Archbishop of Abuja)
  • World-renowned experts as Jeffrey Sachs (bestselling author & UN Senior Advisor), Marcia McNutt (Editor-in-Chief of the Science journals) and Veerabhadran Ramanathan (atmospheric scientist)
  • Faith leaders as Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rev. Kyoichi Sugino (Buddhist Dharma Teacher) and Din Syamsuddin (Islamic scholar); and
  • Notable theologians as Fr. Michael Perry (Minister General of Franciscan order), Mary Evelyn Tucker (Yale University) and Fr. Sean McDonagh (Columban eco-theologian).
Laudato Si Week will also see the launch of a #LiveLaudatoSi social media campaign to showcase how Catholics around the globe are turning Laudato Si into action.

"The earth is a gift from God and we have a moral obligation to protect and nurture it," said Tomas Insua, GCCM's Global Coordinator. "We began Laudato Si Week as a way to celebrate the Pope's encyclical, to use the events as a visual showcase to thank His Holiness for his leadership and advocacy on this issue."

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For more on Laudato Si Week: http://laudatosiweek.org/

For a map of all the Laudato Si Week events: http://laudatosiweek.org/index.php/events/

For a schedule and description of the Laudato Si Online Conference: http://laudatosiweek.org/index.php/online-conference/


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Founded in January 2015, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is a coalition of over 300 Catholic organizations working to respond to the moral imperative of the climate change crisis. Further information can be found at http://catholicclimatemovement.global/

For general information contact: Christina Leano at christina@catholicclimatemovement.global +1-786-459-5667

For region-specific queries about GCCM, please contact any of the following representatives:

AFRICA:
Allen Ottaro, Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) - Kenya +254721605830 (cell) | cynes.africa@gmail.com

ASIA:
Lou Arsenio, Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry - Philippines
+63 908 869 0211 | 61louva@gmail.com
Ciara Shannon, Our Voices - Hong Kong
+852 62096775 (cell) | ciarashannon.hk(AT)gmail.com

EUROPE:
Brother Benedict Ayodi, Capuchin Franciscans - Curia Generale (Italy)
+393347948970 | jpic(AT)ofmcap.org
Gabriel López Santamaría, Pazybien.es (Spain)
+34 691907261 | gabriel(AT)pazybien.es

LATIN AMERICA:
Fabián Campos, Movimiento Católico Mundial por el Clima
+593 993790762 | fabian@catholicclimatemovement.global
Igor Bastos, Movimento Católico Global pelo Clima
+55 (34) 9242-8692 | igor@catholicclimatemovement.global

OCEANIA:
Jacqui Rémond, Catholic Earthcare Australia
+61 (02) 8907 9500 (office) +61 0413 715 375 (cell) | jacqui.remond@catholicearthcare.org.au

USA:
Patrick Carolan, Franciscan Action Network
+1-202-527-7565 (office) +1-203-522-2324 (cell) | pcarolan@franciscanaction.org
Bill Patenaude, CatholicEcology.net
+1-401-374-4412 | bill@catholicecology.net

GLOBAL:
Tomás Insua, Global Catholic Climate Movement
+1 857 272 8775 | tomas@catholicclimatemovement.global