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 goodwill: 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).

The project of the Garden will be presented during an event on October 4th, which will happily unite word, music, art, and nature, with the involvement and participation of all the territorial actors (companies, craftsmen, schools, parishes, civil society associations, representatives of the political-economic world). In the presence of Card. Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, as well as other authorities representing the world of Institutions at local, national and international level, the tenor Francesco Grollo will begin by dedicating a sacred chant from St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, holding then a “Live Concert for Integral Ecology” in Rosolina. He will be accompanied by the Italian Rhythmic-Symphonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Diego Basso, as well as the Art Voice Academy and Opera House choirs. The concert will include pieces from the Christian tradition, among others (“Tu ci sei”; “Nessun dorma”; “Canto della terra”, performed exceptionally on the piano by the composer, maestro Francesco Sartori; “Panis Angelicus”, plus some off-program pieces). The pieces will symbolize the harmonious link between life, human relations, economy, values of encounter and welcoming, protection of ecosystems, and biodiversity. It will take place on a platform floating on the water. At the end, Card. Turkson will inaugurate the “Laudato Si’ Chapel”, created by Arch. Mario Cucinella with the collaboration of some internationally renowned technical partners.

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