A scheduled public talk by Peter Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was delivered this evening by Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J., as part of the Faith, Food, and the Environment symposium, which began today and concludes Friday at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. The prepared comments were offered by Fr. Czerny with his own commentary that connected the comments with the day’s discussions, which centered on the application to agriculture of the council’s work on the vocation of a business leader.
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During the last full day of World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis gave his most notable mention of the environment thus far not to the millions of young pilgrims but to the local bishops. Here are the pontiff’s words within a section of his address called “The Amazon Basin as a litmus test for Church and society in Brazil.”
There is one final point on which I would like to dwell, which I consider relevant for the present and future journey not only of the Brazilian Church but of the whole society, namely, the Amazon Basin. The Church’s presence in the Amazon Basin is not that of someone with bags packed and ready to leave after having exploited everything possible. The Church has been present in the Amazon Basin from the beginning, in her missionaries and religious congregations, and she is still present and critical to the area’s future. I think of the welcome which the Church in the Amazon Basin is offering even today to Haitian immigrants following the terrible earthquake which shook their country.
Few dioceses in the world can match the environmental enthusiasm, commitment, and action of the Archdiocese of Manila. Ecological activism is present from His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, to bishops, clergy, religious, and a great many lay faithful. Throughout 2014 the archdiocese has already sponsored youth trainings on issues as varied (but connected) as creation spirituality and natural disaster risk reduction. And the third Sunday of every month has been dubbed “Ecology Sunday” to encourage parishes and ecclesial groups to reduce waste and to call attention to efforts to protect Manila Bay.