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20 July 2020

Five years after Laudato Si’

To mark the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, a nation-wide webinar was organized on May 23rd, 2020, by Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Religious Conference and the Global Catholic Climate Movement – Canada.

The guest speakers were:

Stephen Bede Scharper, Associate Professor of Environment at the University of Toronto and Toronto Star columnist, addressed the significance of Laudato Si’ for Canadians, its contribution to reshaping spirituality, and a renewed outlook on the encyclical in this time of COVID-19.

Sr. Sue Wilson, CSJ, of the Office for Systemic Justice, Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, provided an overview about the work of Canadian religious communities in the ecological movement.

Rebecca Rathbone, of Development and Peace, Animator for Southwest Ontario and Caritas, Youth Leader, shared perspectives on youth’s responses to Laudato Si’, and their expectations of the Church in its response to the climate crisis.

Agnes Richard spoke about the mission of the Canadian branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Kelly Di Domenico, Director of Communications at Development and Peace, moderated the webinar, which included a question period.

A collaboration between Development and Peace and the Canadian Religious Conference.

This article is taken from the Summer 2020 issue of the ad vitam webzine “Laudato Si’: Caring for Creation and future generations”.