Catholics across the Archdiocese are encouraged to get together this Sunday to pray and reflect upon Pope Francis' message of protecting God's creation.

An online Zoom session will mark Laudato Si week (16-24 May), which comes five years since the launch of the holy father's encyclical of the same name.

This event is led by Geraldine Donoghue, Fintan Hurley and Mike Mineter from the Archdiocesan Caritas, Justice & Peace Commission and its network, who are associated with the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Mike, an expert in high performance computing related climate research at the University of Edinburgh, said: "We warmly welcome anyone with an interest in protecting our planet to join this Zoom session so we can come together in a spirit of prayer and reflection.

"Creation is a sign of God's goodness and love, and humanity has discovered the extent to which we've damaged the earth.

"In Laudato Si, Pope Francis challenges us, in the light of our faith, to make changes to the way we are living. That requires not only a spiritual conversion but also a transformation in how we are behaving as communities. So we will pray and reflect on these themes, then give a chance for people to have a discussion.

The Zoom session, titled 'God's creation as gift and sacrament', takes place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm this Sunday (24 May) by Zoom. Registration is free and can be done here.  

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