Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has announced the creation of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
The platform is a key Vatican initiative to empower the universal Church to achieve total sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. As storms grow more intense, seas rise, and deserts grow, the human family is facing ever-higher risks of hunger, sickness, and conflict. Sadly, it is the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers who face the worst consequences. For decades, the Church has taught us to urgently respond to this crisis. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Office for Social Justice has contributed to this response with staff member Dr Sandie Cornish participating in the Parishes and Dioceses Working Group for the platform.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform builds on the foundation established by many partner organisations like the ACBC Office for Social Justice. In creating a shared space for action, it offers new momentum in urgently and ambitiously addressing our ecological crisis. This is a key way to continue growing and developing as we work to build a better future together.
Today’s announcement launches the first phase of the initiative. The first phase is an opportunity for institutions, communities, and families to review initial information and consider their path forward. The next phase of development will launch on 4 October, which is the Feast of St. Francis and the conclusion of the Season of Creation. The ACBC Office for Social Justice will contribute to the continued development of this initiative in the run-up to 4 October.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform: laudatosiactionplatform.org.
Cardinal Peter Turkson Launching the Platform: https://www.youtube.com/vaticannews
A video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/AHahv2fCDqQ