22-25 January: World Economic Forum
The purpose of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is for the public and private sector to collaborate on initiatives that address issues of importance around the world. Catholic teachings of social justice and care for creation will be part of the discussion. Learn more.
22-27 January: World Youth Day–Panama City, Panama
During World Youth Day, young people from across the globe celebrate their unique role in the life of the Church. During this year’s meeting in Panama City, the Global Catholic Climate Movement will enrich pilgrims’ experience with the Laudato Si’ message. Learn more.
6 March-18 April: Lent
- Encounter Christ through God’s creation. Reflect on the stories of those who have been harmed by climate change. Make sacrifices that help protect the environment. Contribute to efforts that bring healing to our common home. Learn more.
- Put your faith into practice by joining the Laudato Si’ Animators Program. Laudato Si’ Animators are volunteers who promote Catholic action on climate change in parishes and communities around the world. We welcome individuals with all types of skills and experience. Learn more.
21 April: Easter, 22 April: Earth Day
Celebrate Easter week and Earth Day in your community by organizing or participating in local events in your city or parish.
28-29 June: G20 Summit–Osaka, Japan
The G20 Summit is a meeting of national leaders to discuss issues that affect the global economy. These discussions have significant impact on care for creation, and Catholic perspectives on climate justice will be a factor. Learn more.
1 September: Assisi Event
The Season of Creation will begin with an event in Assisi, home of St. Francis. Last year’s celebration brought together representatives from the Vatican and other Christian denominations, calling for Christian unity and action in response to the ecological crisis.
1 September-4 October: Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is a global celebration of prayer and action for God’s creation. Last year, over 650 events took place across all six continents and nearly 70 countries. Be a part of the celebration by attending or organizing an event in your church, school, or community. Learn more.
23 September: UN 2019 Climate Summit
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a summit on the theme “A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.” The summit will seek to advance climate action at the highest levels of government and industry, focusing on energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience. The Catholic perspective is an important part of this global conversation. Learn more.
October: Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region
In October 2017, Pope Francis announced plans for this special assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the mission of the Church in the Pan-Amazon region. Care for creation will be at the heart of this assembly, as Church leaders explore ways to evangelize and promote peace and justice for this region and its inhabitants. Learn more.
6 October: St. Francis Sunday–Poland
On 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of ecology, communities worldwide are called to pray and act for our common home. On 6 October, St. Francis Sunday, Global Catholic Climate Movement and Caritas Poland are organizing an “ecological awakening” to mark St. Francis Sunday. Leaders from government, clergy, women religious, and other institutions, will gather to discuss issues of ecology. Local parishes and volunteers will also be involved through community movements. Learn more about last year’s event here.
11-22 November: COP25
The 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) is the next gathering of countries to discuss national climate plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement of 2015. The Catholic voice for climate justice will continue to take active part in these discussions.
November: Creatio Continua Conference in Kraków
The Creatio Continua conference gathers experts in the fields of ecology, theology, economy, and government, to discuss Catholic teaching and climate change. Learn more about last year’s conference here.
1-24 December: Advent
Make room for the Christ child in your hearts and homes this Advent season by celebrating the values of simplicity, peace, justice, and care for creation. Find practical ways to connect the season with the teachings of Laudato Si’ in your homes and communities.