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Laudato Declaration of Celebration and Commitment Marks Two Important Anniversaries

Pope Francis. Pope Francis during his weekly general audience at the Vatican on October 17, 2017.

The Metro N.Y. Catholic Climate Movement has produced a Declaration of Celebration and Commitment to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si in May 2020 as well as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home is the encyclical of Pope Francis that has become a global cry for all people of goodwill to awaken to the deepening crisis of the planet due to climate change, unsustainable consumption and other ills that threaten the future of all living things.

In 2015, Iona College signed a Laudato Letter of Commitment along with many other Catholic colleges and universities that includes the following:

We commit ourselves as leaders in Catholic Higher Education to work together regionally and globally, through all the means available to and appropriate for our colleges and universities as institutions of higher learning, to study, promote, and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis.

In this context, the Thomas Berry Forum recalls the words of Thomas Berry:

"The time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress, and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends".

To receive a copy of and to sign the Declaration of Celebration and Commitment please contact Br. Kevin Cawley at