December 21, 2015

VANCOUVER - Since the release of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', the Vancouver Archdiocese has set up a new climate concern webpage to collect all things climatic.

"The purpose of the Laudato Si' webpage is to attract those who are interested in being a part of this climate of change," said Winetta Lee, a communications assistant for the archdiocese. Lee helped put together the webpage.

"Whether you've attended the Laudato Si' symposium or (not), we hope that our webpage encourages people to do something more."

The webpage explains, "Laudato Si', Pope Francis' new document addressing the world's ecological crisis, has caught the world's attention, particularly in Vancouver."

The landing page details various events in parishes and communities, and includes details of the symposium, the meeting between Archbishop Michael Miller and Mayor Gregor Robertson, and perspectives and resources of Aboriginal groups, environmental groups and other faith communities.

"Laudato Si' . . . might help give new energy to cooperation (among) governments, faith communities, environmental interests, businesses and individuals in caring for our common home and each other," the page explains.

A call to action urges people to get involved locally, through signing petitions, and events that start green initiatives.

The webpage is