Rome (Italy). From 19 May 2024, Solemnity of Pentecost, to 26 May, on the 9th anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ on the care of creation, Laudato Si’ Week 2024 is held. It is a week of initiatives, Round tables, and formative events wanted by Pope Francis to deepen and share the progress in the ecological field that take place in communities, families, groups, and Institutions.

“Seeds of Hope” is the theme of this year’s Week and is inspired by the symbol of the Time of Creation 2024, “the first fruits of hope”, to contemplate and cultivate seeds of hope for the “suffering planet” (LD 2). Christian hope is not superficial; it is concrete, active, and becomes a way of thinking, of acting in personal, community, and pastoral life.

For the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, together with the Educating Communities, this requires “being among the people, especially among the young, with a gaze of hope that is the way to go beyond the provisional and partial predictions in which we live” (Acts CG XXIV n. 13). Together with Pope Francis, the conviction is that “there are no lasting changes without cultural changes… and there are no cultural changes without changes in people” (Laudate Deum n. 70). In this perspective, cultural formation in the Christian anthropological vision becomes the “commitment to accompany young people and to support them in their search for the meaning of life, in building a future of peace, fraternity, social friendship, and responsibility for the common home” (Acts GC XXIV n.14).

During Laudato Si’ Week, Catholics around the world come together in the ecumenical spirit to reflect on the daily challenges of motivating changes in personal and community habits that will gradually transform societies. As explained in the presentation of theme 2024:

“The firstfruits of hope can be seen when we think and work collectively; when we recognize how we depend on Creation; when we listen to the cries of the Earth and the cries of the poor, when we listen to the voices of our global neighbors affected by climate change; when we listen to the prophetic voices of our indigenous sisters and brothers; when we listen to the different creatures that are dying out and those that are still struggling to survive; when we listen to the voices of young people and children; when we learn from the slow and powerful cycles of life of different species, ecosystems, and biomes; when we work together with Creation and all creatures for a better future.”

The Guide for the Celebration of Laudato Si’ Week, prepared in various languages, proposes among other things, daily actions to inspire ecological conversion, promote sustainable transport and food, reduce waste, and others. Every day, it proposes a specific theme that addresses aspects of integral ecology. Guidance is a valuable resource to inspire significant changes in people’s interaction with the environment, with the aim of fostering a deeper respect for Creation, promote sustainable habits, and deepen the commitment to a lifestyle that respects the work of the Creator.

In the educational perspective, the guide can facilitate, without excluding, the local activities organized by the Educating Communities during Laudato Si’ Week, now an annual appointment as a call to act for the care of Creation, listening to the voice of the poor and the cry of the Earth.

During Laudato Si’ Week on 23 May, there will be the announcement of the Pope’s Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 2024, which occurs every 1 September and marks the beginning of the Time of Creation until 4 October, the liturgical feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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  1. Grazie, Madre Chiara, per la tua presenza semplice, aperta, affettuosa, paziente. Prego sempre per te, perché il dono inestimabile del tuo “Si” a Gesù, sia per noi e soprattutto per i giovani, luce nel cammino quotidiano che porta a Gesù e germini nei nostri cuori semi di nuova vita. La Vergine Maria Ausiliatrice, ti benedica sempre e ti accompagni con la sua tenerezza di Madre. Tvb tantissimo.

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