40-day Prayer Campaign Next Stage of Laudato Si’ Platform

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The Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace has joined with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to co-lead a 40-day campaign of prayers based on the Laudato Si’ Goals, for communities joining the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

The prayer campaign supports the seven sectors joining the Laudato Si’ Action Platform with a dedicated day of prayer for each, connecting each sector with a Laudato Si’ Goal.

The full set of prayers is available here. The prayer campaign begins on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, and concludes on 14 November, the World Day of Prayer for the Poor.

14 November will mark the next phase in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. On that date, Laudato Si’ Planning Guides and all related materials will be published, and members of the universal Church will be invited to make a firm commitment to creating their own Laudato Si’ Plans. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has already announced its commitment and encourages people and organisations across the seven sectors to consider joining too.

While the next phase in the platform had been planned for 4 October, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development sees a need to continue building on the dynamic conversations taking place with the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace and nearly 200 other partners.

The Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace has been an integrally important co-leader of efforts to build the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Serving as a member of the parishes and dioceses working group, and has assisted in shaping both the model and the content of the platform. It has pioneered the inclusion of Bishops Conferences in the Platform.

By extending the date from 4 October to 14 November, the Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace helps ensure that the Laudato Si’ Action Platform will truly serve the needs of Catholic parishes and dioceses.

All Catholic parishes, dioceses, families, educational bodies, healthcare organisations, businesses, organisations and groups, and religious institutes are warmly invited to review the existing resources on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform website and to discern their commitment to creating a Laudato Si’ Plan.