In Laudato Si’ (2015), Pope Francis says that solidarity is “a basic question of justice” that requires a committed attentiveness to those who are suffering, who are ignored and marginalized, as well as concrete gestures that help to eliminate any form of inequality, discrimination, or abuse. This solidarity extends to all creation and should not be understood apart from our responsibility towards creation. Pope Francis emphasizes that everything is interconnected and “this invites us to develop a spirituality of global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.” The way we choose to live, our decisions, the structures and institutions that shape our societies impact not only the quality of life, but also the environment. Our failure to be in solidarity with one another represents a failure before all of creation. (Sonia Monteiro, Professor of Theology at Fordham University)
Laudato Si’ Week (May 21-28). Over 50 years ago, St. Paul VI warned that a “radical change in humanity’s behavior” is needed more than ever. In Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home eight years ago, Pope Francis discussed the link between the conservation of natural resources and the poor and marginalized across the world. He emphasized that being stewards of the natural environment is directly linked to the value of the dignity of the human person. This week, Catholics across the globe are marking the anniversary of Laudato Si’ with prayer services, educational forums, and more. On Pentecost Sunday, Catholics will ask God the Creator to send the Holy Spirit upon all those who work for our common home. Learn more at https://laudatosiweek.org/ .