“There are no lasting changes without cultural changes … and there are no cultural changes without personal changes” (Laudate Deum, 70) 

Each May holds special significance for those who strive to protect our planet and promote environmental stewardship. It marks the anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on caring for the environment. Read a short recap of Laudato Si here. This year’s Laudato Si’ Week theme is inspired by the symbol for the Season of Creation 2024, “first fruits.” We are invited to be seeds of hope in our lives and our world, rooted in faith and love.

During Laudato Si’ week, Caritas Diocese of Plymouth will be celebrating five years since it’s launch with a prayer walk and exhibition at Plymouth Cathedral to reflect on how we can care for God’s creation, hearing the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.  The exhibition will focus on Laudato Si’ interpreted through artwork and reflections by pupils from local Plymouth CAST schools. 

Visitors to the Cathedral will also be invited to add to a mass participation artwork – Mossy Carpet. This artwork will help us to consider how our small actions can make a huge change, and how our Christian faith calls us to be part of the restoration of nature in a time of climate and ecological crisis.  

There will be open workshops from 12-4pm on Monday 20 May at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Boniface to add to the Mossy Carpet.   There is no need to book – anyone is free to drop in and participate for as long as they like. If you would like more information please email 

The Mossy Carpet will be in place from Saturday 18th- Friday 24th May for people to visit and add their contributions.If you cannot come to the Cathedral but want to contribute, please contact and we can send through some guidance. We have already received one lovely contribution (pictured above) and would welcome more.   

The Mossy Carpet hope to create 100 metres of carpet in time for an installation at an iconic venue to coincide with COP30 (the United Nations climate conference) in November 2025.