World Youth Day 2016 Re-cap

August 11, 2016

From July 25-31, 2016, the Global Catholic Climate Movement in collaboration with several of its network organizations organized several activities to bring Laudato Si to life at World Youth Day, including a Laudato Si Eco-Village.  Here is a snapshot of some of our activities.

On Monday we began setting our our Laudato Si Eco-Village and booths.



Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


Our Ecological Stations of the Cross, part of our Green Sacred Space.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


On Tuesday we officially opened the Laudato Si Eco-Village with a ribbon cutting ceremony.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


On Wednesday, we held a Laudato Si Workshop with pilgrims from the United States, Australia, and Slovakia.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


Fr. Michael Agliardo, SJ of Loyola University gave an overview of Laudato Si.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


That evening, our Laudato Si Concert opened with a Laudato Si prayer in multiple languages.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


Followed by performances from across Africa and the Philippines.b74

Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


Throughout the week we collected selfies from pilgrims who committed to #LiveLaudatoSi.b63 (1)

Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


Signatures for our Catholic Climate Petition.


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And prayers for our Climate Prayer Tree.


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Which we blessed on Friday.


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We were thrilled to be in Krakow to bring Laudato Si to life.


Photo: Bogusz Bilewski


And right before the Closing Mass with the Pope on Sunday, the “September 1st Pope Video” was showcased to the millions of pilgrims.

The “September 1st Pope Video” being showcased on WYD screens

What a week!

Congratulations to the GCCM WYD Team: Lou Arsenio (Archdiocese of Manila), Allen Ottaro (CYNESA), Angela Ocampo (CIDSE), Daniel Hale (CAFOD), Tess Corkish (Catholic Earthcare Australia), Ngonidzashe Edward, SJ (Catholic Environmental Group), Renata Lukaszewicz, Robert “Bam” Azores (Archdiocese of Manila), Fr. Stanlisaw Jaromi, Emilia Ślimko, and Kasper Jakubowskiof (REFA), Maria Kane (Trocaire), Chris Fegan (Catholic Concern for Animals) along with our GCCM staff-Leila, Igor, Tomas, and Christina.