Special Anniversary Year
24 May 2020 – 24 May 2021
the moral and spiritual compass for the journey to create a more caring, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
On 24 May 2020, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical, Pope Francis announced a Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year from 24th May 2020 – 24th May 2021.
“I invite all persons of goodwill to adhere to it, to take care of our common home and our more fragile brothers and sisters”, said the Pope.
The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has been entrusted with the promotion of this Special Anniversary Year in “partnership” with everyone, so as to create a movement of people from below for the care of our common home and the weaker members of our common household and biotic community.
The anniversary year will open with Laudato Si’ Week 2020, and will proceed with several initiatives, realized in partnership and with a clear emphasis on “ecological conversion” in “action”. We invite everyone to join us. The urgency of the situation calls for immediate, holistic and unified responses at all levels – local, regional, national and international. We need, above all, “a peoples’ movement” from below, an alliance of all people of good will. As Pope Francis reminds us, “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (LS, 14)
Prayer for the Special Year of the Anniversary of Laudato Si’
Creator of Heaven, of earth and of all that they contain. Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of Creation, your gift. Be present to the needy in these difficult times, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic. Make us courageous in embracing the changes geared to the search for the common good. Now more than ever, may we be able to feel that we are all inter-connected and interdependent. Make sure that we succeed in listening and responding to the cry of the earth and to the cry of the poor. May the present sufferings be the birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world. We pray to You through Christ Our Lord, under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians.