Date: May 28, 2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organiser: European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSIA) including members: Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC), CIDSE, COMECE, Justitia Et Pax Europa, The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europa (CCEE).


The Encyclical Laudato Si’ reflects on the origins and ongoing injustices of the ecological crisis. It encourages Catholics to reflect on our relationship to creation and our common home.

How can the encyclical Laudato Si’ inform the EU’s response to the COVID-19? The economic fall out from confinement measures is enormous, communities that were in crisis before have only seen their condition worsen, and the ecological crisis continues. A just recovery is the only holistic response to rebuild our societies with better social services, to be resilient to future crises and respect our common home.

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ and building on our work to date, the main objective of the webinar is to provoke an exchange at the European level on the urgent need to address the current COVID-19 crisis and build plans for a just and sustainable recovery. A recovery that must put at the centre a radical shift of the dominant economic system towards a more just and sustainable paradigm where the economic, health, social, environmental crises are not addressed in silos but as one crisis.

We will do so by listening from two keynote speakers:

  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College, London. Founding Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican.An exchange among participants and reactions from Members of the European Parliament will follow.

For more information, please contact Ms. Sladana Lovric at lovric@cidse.org.
Looking forward to your participation in what promises to be a very inspiring exchange!