Laudato Si’ Brief: A Holy Week “to receive the grace of wonder”.

March 31, 2021

Holy Week with nature (Cathopic)

With Palm Sunday, we Catholics have begun the most important week of the year, Holy Week. Celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis called on the faithful to “allow themselves to be surprised by Jesus in order to live again.”

His advice for living this week is: “Let us raise our gaze to the cross to receive the grace of wonder.” And he explained that this attitude means “knowing how to fill with love even the moment of death”. 

In the framework of the Unesco Forum on Biodiversity, the Pope sent a message in which he gave concrete answers to the phenomenon of global warming: “It is necessary to redefine a new model of development that places man at the center as the fundamental pillar to respect and protect, adopting a methodology that integrates the ethics of solidarity and political charity”.

On the morning of Tuesday, March 30, the document “Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced Persons” was presented by the Migrants and Refugees Section, Sector of Integral Ecology of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

There, Dr. Cecilia Dall’Oglio, associate director of the European Programs of GCCM exclaimed: “Our brothers and sisters displaced by climate, run the risk of finding our hands too full to support them!

On a new Day of the Unborn Child, March 25, public demonstrations were held in different cities around the world. This how Latin America celebrated it. In Argentina, the March for Life took place on Saturday, March 27, when more than 50,000 people gathered to demand the repeal of the abortion law, passed last December.

Also, on March 27, a new edition of “Earth Hour”, which originated in 2007, was held. Cities turned off their lights, including historical monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and the Sydney Opera House.

This Wednesday, March 31, a Laudato Si’ Conversation on the Escazú Agreement will be broadcast to learn about the agreement, its implementation, enforceability, and relevance in Latin America. It will be at 17:00, Quito time. You can join here to participate. 

A Holy Week in connection with nature

During the days of the Holy Week, GCCM proposes to pray the Easter Triduum in contact with nature. For Good Friday, the purpose is to make silence in our Social Networks, to contemplate more closely the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

On Wednesday, April 14, the Laudato Si’ Animators program in English begins, an opportunity to receive training to guide a community in the care of creation. It lasts 8 weeks and consists of videos, materials, and evaluations with a final certificate. To take it, register here.

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