The inauguration of the “Laudato si’ Garden”, a symbol of a new model of development

Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
September 25, 2020

Po Delta, October 4th:

A “Laudato si Garden'” in the heart of the Veneto Regional Park of the Po Delta. This project, inspired by Laudato Si', is part of the celebrations for the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, announced by the Pope, which will be presented on October 4th in Rosolina (Rovigo), promoted by seven municipalities in the area (in addition to Rosolina, Ariano nel Polesine, Corbola, Loreo, Porto Viro, Porto Tolle, Taglio di Po), the Veneto Region and Veneto Agricoltura, as well as the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Holy See.

The “Laudato Si' Garden” project originated as an idea for a new model of development, thanks to the collaboration of seven local Administrations and the productive, economic, educational and social territorial forces. Following the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato si' (2015), they decided to create a partnership for the enhancement and care of ecosystems and biodiversity in the Po Delta area, integrating them with human activities, and also creating a new expressive language inspired by interconnection. The concerned local administrators and decision makers took the challenging exhortation of Pope Francis in “asking, please, all those who occupy roles of responsibility in the economic, political or social spheres, all men and women of good will: we are “guardians” of creation, of God's plan inscribed in nature, guardians of the other, of the environment” (Francis, Homily at the Mass at the beginning of the Petrine ministry, 19.III.2013). 

Read the full press release here.