Vatican City, May 19, 2020 / 10:00 am
The Vatican will on May 24 launch a year-long celebration of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato si' to mark its fifth anniversary.
The "special Laudato si' anniversary year" is an initiative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and will include a wide range of events, starting with a global day of prayer and ending in the launch of multi-year sustainability action plans.
Five years from Pope Francis' signing of the document, the "encyclical appears ever more relevant," according to a statement from the dicastery.
It noted that the environmental encyclical's anniversary also falls in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, saying "Laudato si's message is just as prophetic today as it was in 2015."