The European Laudato Si Alliance (ELSiA) is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the first comprehensive survey on integral ecology done in Europe

Brussels/Rome, 15 May 2024

A year before the 10th anniversary of encyclical Laudato Si’ and on the eve of the 2025 Jubilee, the European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA) will present the results of Living Laudato Si’, the first comprehensive European survey to understand all the Pope Francis encyclical inspired initiatives,  implemented since the publication of the encyclical to date. 

The main objective of the study was to identify initiatives inspired by Laudato Si’ that have been implemented by Church actors in Europe from 2016 to the present. The research was carried out by a consortium of Catholic universities: St Mary’s University Twickenham, Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan), Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Universitat Ramon Llull, Hrvatsko Katoličko Sveučilište and EMD Ecole de Management Marseille.

A special press conference organised by ELSIA to present the results of the study will take place on 

20 May at 11am online (Rome time) during Laudato Si Week 2024 in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. It will bring together bishops, diocesan Laudato Si’ delegates, university representatives, members of congregations and Europeans committed to bringing Laudato Si to life in Europe. You can find the registration form here.  

The 1 hour event will provide an opportunity to reflect on and share the conclusions and key findings of the survey, to showcase some of the inspiring practices and projects identified in the survey, and to bring the issue of climate change to the attention of European Catholics in the media two weeks before the EU elections.  

Guided by the words of Pope Francis on the occasion of the recent Message for the Day of Creation (2023): “Like a river basin with its many small and large tributaries, the Church is a communion of countless local Churches, religious communities and associations that draw from the same common waters. Each source adds its unique and irreplaceable contribution, until all flow together into the vast ocean of God’s loving mercy” – there is a shared hope that the results of a living Laudato Si’ can focus Catholics’ attention on “caring for our common home” a few weeks before the European elections. 

Note to the editors:

ELSiA is a network of Catholic organisations working together to bring the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ to life. Founded in 2019, it is currently composed of seven members. They are: Caritas Europa, CIDSE, COMECE, Don Bosco International, JESC, Justice and Peace Europe and the Laudato Si’ Movement. ELSiA intends to promote ecological justice and the social teaching of the Church as a shared and coordinated commitment of Catholic Alliances. 

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