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Laudato Si Week 2022 in Action

Rebiamul, Mt. Hagen: In observing the ‘Laudato Si Week 2022’, staff of the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen gathered to plant trees at the Sir Michael Somare Garden, just behind the Calvary Hill at Rebiamul on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

A handful of staff members, led by Mrs Barbara Dinbi, Diocesan Caritas Coordinator took the initiative to plant young trees as part of the ‘Laudato Si Week 2022’, a very important event dedicated for this week, May 22 – 29.

More than 100 young trees were planted at the Sir Michael Somare garden, a site dedicated in memory of the nation’s founding father late Grand Chief after his passing last year on Friday February 26, 2021. Archbishop Douglas Young SVD dedicated this site for planting trees as part of the Green Campaign counteracting the effects of Global Climate Change.

The site was first dedicated to late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare Sana, on Thursday April 01st, 2021 and a total of eighty-four trees were planted, corresponding to the age of late Sir Michael.

‘Laudato Si’ Week is a way Catholic Christians celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ world-changing papal encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home.”

This annual celebration then became a way in which all Catholics unite and rejoice in the progress made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life and, to commit ourselves to prayer and action for our common homes.

With the theme; “Listening and Journeying Together”, Catholics around the world will work on “bringing the human family together to protect our common home”, the guiding Laudato Si’ quote for this week’s celebration.

Catholics across the globe will unite their communities in action, get together as one family in prayer and action, and learn from Laudato Si, how to tackle the climate crisis in their own ways.

For Archdiocese of Mt Hagen, there are no special programs but only a handful of staff members took turns to plant trees on Tuesday morning, taking action positively in connection with Catholic Christians around the world in observing this year’s Laudato Si Week 2022, the 7th anniversary of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical letter; ‘Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home.”

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