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Cultivating Care for Our Common Home

Our new Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program seeks to strengthen efforts to renew the sacred balance in our interrelated world. In his 2015 letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis addresses every person living on this planet and appeals for a new dialogue and a new solidarity that includes everyone in the work of caring for our common home. He calls the world’s attention to a growing ecological and social imbalance that results in destructive impacts felt to the greatest extent by those who are most vulnerable — people struggling with poverty, future generations, and our wider family of living beings. Pope Francis names the roots of this imbalance as a profound ethical, cultural, and spiritual crisis. In response, he invites all of us to “set out on the long path of renewal” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #202, 14, 119, 161…).

The Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program offers interactive presentations, workshops, and collaboration to Catholic parishes and other interested groups in Toronto who would like to explore and respond more deeply to Pope Francis’ call that everyone living on the planet actively engage in caring for our common home.

Program activities invite participants to cultivate care for our common home by:

  • preparing the ground of one’s heart in prayer;
  • developing ecological awareness, practices, and spirituality;
  • fostering the growth of a culture of care, especially for the vulnerable;
  • seeking and deepening relationships for neighbourhood, ecumenical, and interfaith collaboration.

For program information and booking please contact the coordinator Karen Van Loon at [email protected].

“The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good…” 
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #201.

Time to “be compassionate, creative and courageous”

“When we look around ourselves, what do we see? We see crisis leading to crisis…

we are warned that we have little time left – scientists say the next ten years, the span of this UN Decade – to restore the ecosystem, which will mean the integral restoration of our relation with nature…  As we welcome this United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, let us be compassionate, creative and courageous.”

Pope Francis’ Message for the Launching of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 launches new initiatives for prayer and action

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics participated in Laudato Si’ Week May 16 – 25 to celebrate six years of progress bringing to life Pope Francis’ letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Pope Francis invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si’ Week which was sponsored by the Vatican and facilitated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) in cooperation with many partners. This year’s theme was “for we know that things can change” (LS#13).

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