David Hales

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ROME - With the Synod of Bishops on young people now in the rearview mirror, attention in Rome is being turned toward next year’s special synod on the Amazon, which one prelate says is a reflection of the pope’s deep commitment to developing an integral ecology.

In an interview with Crux, Bishop Vilson Basso of Imperatriz, located in an industrial region of northeastern Brazil, said he believes next year’s synod on the Amazon is “the dream of Pope Francis with Laudato Si, to put at the center of the Church’s concern, and that of the world, care of our common home.”

“We need the care of the whole world, that it be a place where everyone can live,” Basso said, adding that “this is integral ecology. The care of the earth and the care of the person, that they can have life, and an abundant life.”

Full Article: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/11/02/brazil-bishop-says-popes-eco-agenda-will-loom-large-in-amazon-synod/

On the 4th Anniversary of Laudato si', the Catholic Bishops of California issued a apstoral statement on Care of Our Common home. The statement says, in part:

To Pastoral leaders and Catholic institutions. Encourage the faithful to take the St. Francis Pledge to pray, act and advocate for solutions to climate disruption. Integrate the messages of Laudato Si’ in our worship and share practical tools of teaching that proclaim the encyclical’s themes. Examine opportunities to adopt practices that promote renewable energy, divestment from fossil fuels, water conservation, and environmental health and social initiatives with special attention to the needs of the poor and excluded.

The full statement is available at https://www.cacatholic.org/ 
 

The Webinar today involved some 1100 people from 67 countries, and diverse religions and faith affiliations:

64 countries, most if not all US states and certainly every region, all Canadian provinces, every continent, including if my reading is correct, Antarctica.
Significant religious diversity. Certainly many Catholics, but a wide range of faiths and affiliations...including many clergy
Public officials -- local, state, national levels -- 
UN Agencies
Environmental activists, including many local climate action organizations
Educators, scholars and researchers -- every level from pre-K to post graduate.
Financial planners, economists and investment advisers.
Significant interest in Environmental Justice, Public health, climate resilience
Several journalists, engineers, home builders and developers, land use planners... 
 
Very rich audience of people actively engaged in meeting the challenge of climate change.

We will have many of the questions from the webinar up here in the near future.