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Pope Francis asks for participation in “Laudato si'” week to be held May 16-24

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up?

This year is the fifth anniversary of the publication of “Laudato si',” an encyclical on caring for the common home. For the occasion, Pope Francis released a message inviting all people of good will to participate in a week dedicated to promoting the message of his second encyclical.

I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” cannot continue. Let's take care of creation, a gift of our good Creator God. Let's celebrate “Laudato si'” Week together.

On May 24, Pope Francis will celebrate the Laudato si' anniversary by visiting the so-called “Terra dei Fuochi”, in English, “Land of Fires,” in the Italian region of Campania. There, fires and toxic waste destroyed what was once a fertile and beautiful natural area.

This year, the anniversary of the document is especially significant because of the recent publication of the apostolic letter, “Querida Amazonia.”