Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming.
This global process is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 which is the 23rd annual UN climate change conference, a round of negotiations that takes place between nations of the world. The presidency of COP23 is the state of Fiji, but the summit will take place in Bonn. The focus of discussions are the small island states and to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
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Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries. There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’. As the message of GC 36 and the conversations with the Holy Father spread, reflection is quietly deepening and this is where Ecojesuit wishes to strategically respond.
Pedro Walpole, SJ
Ecojesuit shares this article published in the first English edition of La Civiltà Cattolica, a magazine published continuously by the Jesuits in Rome since 1850 and originally available only in Italian. For the first time, its 4000th edition is also in English, French, Spanish, and Korean, and was launched in January 2017. Pope Francis met the Jesuit writers for the magazine, and “shared with them the importance of poetry, art, and pioneering intellectual research (as frontiers) and defend not just Catholic ideas but must also witness to Christ in the world with a restless, imaginative, and open-ended spirit (as bridges).” This article was initially featured in the Volume IV, 2016 issue of La Civiltà Cattolica with the title “I lineamenti scienza della sostenibilità.”
Father Arturo Sosa, elected last 14 October as the 31stsuperior general of the Society of Jesus during the 36thGeneral Congregation, is calling for a “reconciliation in the world” that means “we have to strive for reconciliation between human beings, reconciliation with God and reconciliation with the created world.” Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries.