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Laudato Si’ Movement appoints new executive director

Laudato Si’ Movement, a Catholic environmental organization, has introduced Susana Réfega as its new Executive Director.

Réfega, the former head of the Portuguese Bishops’ Fundação Fé e Cooperação (Faith and Cooperation Foundation), brings 12 years of leadership experience to her new role.

Having led the Fundação Fé e Cooperação, an organization founded by the Portuguese Bishops’ conference in 1990, Réfega has a background rich in experience.

She has also contributed to the board of CIDSE, an umbrella organization for Catholic development agencies, and served as the Board President for the Portuguese National NGO platform.

Fluent in Portuguese, English, French, Italian, and Spanish, Réfega holds a Ph.D. in Biology.

In a press release, the Laudato Si’ Movement described Réfega’s appointment as a “significant milestone,” marking the conclusion of Tomás Insua’s term as the founding Executive Director.

Launched eight years ago, the Laudato Si’ Movement derives its name from Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for our common home.

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Over the years, it has evolved into an international network, providing training programs, organizing annual Laudato Si’ weeks, and promoting grassroots activism.

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