July 28, 2022
This July the Northern hemisphere suffered through a record-breaking heatwave. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks about climate change:

“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all….A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon” (Laudato Si’, 23).

Pope Francis adds that global warming has an outsized impact on the poor, who are often deeply tied to natural systems and cannot escape catastrophic changes to them. Let us pray for a renewed urgency for acting to mitigate climate change, not only to preserve our common home but to act for the poor who are most affected by our changing climate.
Education & Resources
Pope to young people: “Offer the world a new face for Europe”

At the European Union Conference (July 11-13), Pope Francis called young people to action to be able to “create a new face for Europe.” Pope Francis called for two main things in his address to those at the conference. The first is to be “conscientious objectors” and to reject the violence of war. The second was to be young people who seek the truth and to learn the truth about themselves, others, and the creation around them. 

Read more here.
The Catholic Church remembers Ukraine: Archbishop visits wounded soldiers

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania visited wounded soldiers and their families during his recent visit to Ukraine. Before visiting Ukraine the Archbishop addressed the Assembly of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe speaking on how the Ukraine conflict is a reminder that reality is both visible and invisible, and Catholics have a duty to both aspects. 

Read more here.
New Seeds of Peace and Caring for Creation in Bethlehem

Bethlehem Circle, founded on International Earth Day, is a Laudato Si’ organization that was founded with the help of the Salesians and International Volunteers for Development. Bethlehem Circle was created with the intent of spreading awareness of respecting God’s creation and the culture of ecology to young people. Members of the organization hope they can create bridges between different cultures while also serving as a vehicle for ecological education.

Read more here.
Support for Termination of the Migrant Protection Protocol

On March 21, 2022, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) filed an amicus curiae brief in Biden v. Texas, supporting the DHS Secretary’s decision to terminate Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).The brief argued that MPP is immoral because it disregards the God-given dignity of those enrolled, contrary to Catholic social teaching.

Read more here.
Heal Not Harm Movement and the restoration of Asylum

Title 42 is a Center for Disease Control program that denies immigrants the right to seek asylum. Title 42 was originally created for the U.S. to safeguard its citizens from the southern border by allowing it to expel immigrants during the beginning and height of the pandemic to reduce the spread of Covid-19. One of the unintended consequences of this law was that it pushed immigrants to seek ever-more dangerous paths into the US, and now there is the possibility that it will be used as a political tool to restrict immigrants, including those seeking asylum. 

Click here to read more about the effects of Title 42 from the Franciscan Action Network.
Pope Francis’s Message on the Care of Creation

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be held on September 1, 2022 with a follow-up campaign that will go through to the beginning of October. Pope Francis in his message asks the people to see if they “can hear the voice of creation in a kind of dissonance and a chorus of anguish.” He reminds us that as people of the faith we are responsible for the care of creation. 

Click here to read the full message from Pope Francis.
Pope’s Migrants Day message: ‘Better future must be built with foreigners’
The 108th World Day of Migrants is September 25, 2022. Ahead of the occasion, Pope Francis released a message. The theme of the message is “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees.” Read the message here.
Visit the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development website here for more resources.
Laudato Si' Action Platform
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform team reminds you of the resources available to for moving into the Action Platform: 

  • If you have not yet started or are not sure where to start with the LSAP, a Tool Kit has been prepared to assist in your reflection, planning, and deepening of your commitment through this seven year journey of transformation. You can find that kit by clicking here: Laudato Si’ Action Platform Tool Kit.
  • Please share your events and resources with the LSAP Team! The team welcomes the opportunity to feature your initiatives on the website and in blog posts, social media posts, and emails over the coming months. A form to share your events is here while a form to share your resources is here.

Many videos and support materials have been added to help you actualize your Ladauto Si' Goals. These can be found on the LSAP webpage.

Dr. David Rohrer Budiash, Director of Programs & Managing Editor, Review for Religious
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