COMECE President in Washington DC to promote “Integral Ecology”
Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., President of COMECE participated in an international conference on “Integral Ecology” organised at the Georgetown University (USA) in preparation of the Pan-Amazon Synod scheduled on 6-27 October 2019. Mgr. Hollerich called for ensuring accountability of the private sector with regard to legal, social and environmental standards.
Promoting the messages carried out by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, Church leaders from all around the world called for ambitious and immediate actions to be taken in order to protect the Amazonian environment while promoting indigenous people’ dignity and human rights - as highlighted by a Church delegation from Amazonia in its official visit to the EU in September 2018.
Participants exchanged on the impact of climate on the life and future of many communities across the world, increasing armed conflicts, social crisis and mass migrations.
As President of COMECE, Mgr. Hollerich recalled all public authorities and world leaders, including those who will be elected on the upcoming EU elections, to “take action now and tackle and overcome the devastating effects of the climate crisis” as proposed in the appeal for climate justice signed in Rome on October 2018 by the representatives of Bishops’ Conferences from all continents.
The conference was organsied by the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development, together with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) and the Conference of Jesuit Provincial of Canada and the United States.
2018 Joint Statement on Climate Justice PDF