by Antonio Caschetto | Apr 2, 2020 | Blog, News and Updates | 0 comments
The services will be held online to help communities prepare for Easter and to connect virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.
Services are held every Friday during Lent. Participants can register to join the prayer service or receive the recording at THIS LINK (Italian only).
Prior services in the Via Crucis prayer series have witnessed participants offering personal reflections on current events, including Europe’s role in the war in Syria, Africa’s response to the coronavirus, and the overall need for the world to listen to scientists.
Some reflections also have been offered by Laudato Si’ Animators. Laudato Si’ Animators go through an online training program that trains and inspires volunteers to bring Catholic teaching on climate change into their local communities.
In addition to being a time to connect and pray together, these sessions offer an opportunity to reflect on the upcoming fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’. They help the faithful discern how to respond to Pope Francis’ call to take action during Laudato Si’ Week from 16 to 24 May.
Laudato Si’ Week honors the anniversary of the encyclical while bringing its message that “everything is connected” into our spiritual lives during this time of separation.
Antonio Caschetto is the Italy Programs Coordinator for Italy for the Laudato Si’ Movement. He is an architect and also a member of the movement’s eco-spirituality team, and he regularly leads pilgrims in retreats in the Franciscan sanctuaries of Assisi, where he lives with his wonderful wife, Angelica, their two beautiful sons, Francesco and Emanuele, and their Spinone dog, Jumpy.