Pope calls for the ‘courage’ to ‘abandon fossil fuels’

 — September 26, 202226 septembre 2022

Francis addresses a thousand young people gathered in Assisi to reflect on economic system reform, saying it’s necessary to make “sacrifices” to ensure an ecological transition.

Pope Francis has told young economists, entrepreneurs and university researchers that the world’s development model must be seriously questioned and reformed without delay.

The pope made his appeal this past Saturday in Assisi before a thousand young adults from around the world who were gathered in Assisi for a three-day meeting titled “The Economy of Francesco”, which explored ways to create sustainable and ecologically viable development.

“We can no longer be content to wait for the next international summit: the earth is burning today. And today is the day to change,” the 85-year-old pope told them.

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The young economists and entrepreneurs welcomed Francis to the Lyrick Theater with sustained applause and dynamic cheers. And it was clear he wanted to take their concerns about the environment seriously.

“The damage must be repaired,” he insisted.

“We grew up abusing the planet and the atmosphere. Today we must also learn to make sacrifices in lifestyles that are still not sustainable,” continued the pope, delivering an address strongly reminiscent of Laudato si’, his ecological and social encyclical published in 2015 just before the Paris climate summit.

Francis said “sacrifices” will demand “new courage”, especially for “abandoning fossil fuel sources” and “accelerating the development of zero or positive impact sources”.

“Look at the faces of young people ultra-specializing in liberal economics”

Addressing the young adults, the vast majority of whom were under the age of 35, the pope praised their generation for being “creative,” “optimistic” and “enthusiastic”.

“A society and economy without young people is sad, pessimistic and cynical,” he said.

“If you want to see this, go to these universities that are ultra-specialized in liberal economics, and look at the faces of the young people who are there,” he added.

In the same breath, Francis blasted the excesses of finance.

“Beware of the gaseous nature of finance, we must bring economic activity back to its roots, to its human roots,” he advised.

“Thank God you are here,” Francis told the young people before him.

If this generation is necessary, in the pope’s eyes, it is because the previous one “has left you a legacy of many riches, but we have not known how to preserve the planet, and we are not preserving peace”.

The poor “at the center”

He criticized “the economic paradigm of the twentieth century, which plundered natural resources and the earth” and said the effort to make necessary changes to this paradigm is tantamount to the battle of David versus Goliath.

He emphasized that without profound changes in the economic system, no “ecological transition” will be possible.

Throughout his speech, the pope repeatedly linked the economic system to the climate emergency.

Without “questioning the development model”, he said, “it will be our children and grandchildren who will pay the bill, a bill that will be too high and too unjust”.

“A rapid and decisive change is necessary,” Francis warned, pleading to put the poor “at the center” of the vision for economic reform.

The young people present in the theater interrupted the pope several times with applause, which provoked a humorous response from him at one point.

“I didn’t stop to get applause, I just needed to breathe,” he smiled.

“I have clearly seen the inequalities in our economic system”

Tamiris Cristhina Resende, a 30-year-old Brazilian academic who was sitting near Francis on the stage, didn’t miss a word of his speech.

“Like the pope,” she said. “I was born in a very poor area, in the south of the world, and I have clearly seen the inequalities of our economic system.”

Resende, who teaches “public policy” at the University of Belo Horizonte, has spent the past two year being involved with “The Economy of Francesco”, a movement the pope and his Vatican aides launched in 2019 to challenge the younger generations.

In recent months, she has been reading the pope’s texts and reflecting with other economists and entrepreneurs from around the world. This has encouraged her to further develop her university courses and the way she works in the financial department of her city council.

“I have integrated into my courses elements that I almost never talked about before, such as the social dimension of investments and sustainability,” she said.

“I’m less focused on the need to make a profit for companies,” Resende added.

During her three days in Assisi, she was able to meet people like Mabih Nji, the 38-year-old head of a hospital pharmacy in eastern Ivory Coast; and Mario Aguilar, a Guatemalan who runs a 200-employee construction company in the United States.

There was also Diletta Pasqualotto, a 31-year-old Italian who took over the business founded by her father.

All of these young people were in Assisi on Saturday when Pope Francis told them: “I am saying this in all seriousness: I am counting on you! Please, do not leave us alone, give us an example!”

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People take part in the annual Belgian LGBT Pride Parade in central Brussels

Catholic bishops in Belgium authorize prayer for committed same-sex couples

 — September 20, 202220 septembre 2022

The Flemish-speaking bishops of Belgium have appointed a contact person for ministry to and with gay Catholics and have authorized prayer for committed gay couples on the condition it is clear that it is not equivalent to a wedding blessing.

The document, “Being pastorally close to homosexual persons: For a welcoming church that excludes no one,” was dated Sept. 20 and posted on the website of the Belgian bishops.
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A teepee stands in front of Parliament in Ottawa

Vatican statement on Doctrine of Discovery imminent

 — September 16, 202216 septembre 2022

A date for a new papal statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, promised by Pope Francis on his way home from Canada to Rome, has not been announced. But whenever it happens it will address core concerns of Indigenous people in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is working with Vatican officials in Rome on the wording for a new statement rejecting an entire tradition of legal reasoning, said CCCB spokesperson Jonathan Lesarge.
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Closing business plenary at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

WCC elects executive committee

 — September 9, 20229 septembre 2022

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee elected the WCC executive committee on 8 September during the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe.

The central committee elects 20 of its members to serve as the WCC executive committee of the WCC, along with the leadership of the central committee, which includes the moderator, two vice-moderators, and the WCC general secretary, as well as the moderators of its programme and finance committees.
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Outgoing WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom speaks at the closing press conference at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

“Commitment to the search for unity” cornerstone of WCC, stressed at closing assembly press conference

 — September 9, 20229 septembre 2022

“For the first time in a long while, this 11th assembly provided safe spaces for serious engagement, reflections, prayer, challenging one another, [and] encounters.” said Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee. She spoke of her take-aways from the WCC assembly, including the “commitment to the search for unity – common vision and understanding,” which she referred to as the cornerstone of the WCC.
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Pope Francis wearing a headdress presented to him by Chief Wilton Littlechild at Maskwacis First Nation during the pope's pilgrimage of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Memory, Healing, Reconciliation: Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada

 — September 9, 20229 septembre 2022

The ITA plane with Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited journalists on board took off at 9:16 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022, from Fiumicino Airport, heading for Edmonton Airport, where it landed around 11:20 a.m. Thus began Pope Francis’ trip to Canada, the second largest country in the world, about 10 million square kilometers in size but inhabited by only 38 million people.
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Participants in the WCC's Indigenous Peoples' Pre-Assembly gathered for an informal time of prayer on the first evening of their gathering

The WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, August 31-Sept 8

 — September 9, 20229 septembre 2022

The World Council of Churches held its 11th Assembly in the German city of Karlsruhe with the theme “Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity.” Over 3,750 participants from all Christian traditions and almost every country around the world came together for 9 days of prayer, reflection, discussion, and decision. The following news articles trace the Assembly from the gatherings of the pre-Assembly to the final plenary and the gathering of the new Central Committee. The principle texts of the Assembly are also included further below.
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Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria was moderator of the WCC Assembly thematic plenary on Christian unity. On September 8, he was elected as Moderator of the WCC Central Committee for the period until the next Assembly

Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm elected as WCC moderator: “we are one church in this global world”

 — September 8, 20228 septembre 2022

The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee has elected Bishop Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria as its new moderator.

The central committee also elected two vice moderators, Rev. Merlyn Hyde Riley, Jamaica Baptist Union; and H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Apostolic Church, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

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Activists demand attention to the climate crisis during a protest at the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Assembly's theme is 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

“Living Planet” statement from WCC 11th Assembly seeks a just and sustainable global community

 — September 8, 20228 septembre 2022

A statement from the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly, “The Living Planet: seeking a just and sustainable global community,” raises an increasingly urgent voice of concern and demand for action.

“We are all interdependent in God’s whole creation,” notes the statement’s introduction. “We are running out of time.”

We must repent from our continuing human selfishness, the statement urges. “Christ’s love calls us to deep solidarity and a quest for justice for those who have contributed to this emergency the least, yet suffer the most, physically, existentially, and ecologically,” reads the statement.
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Supporters of Ukraine demonstrate outside the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany.  The Assembly's theme is 'Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity'

WCC statement on war in Ukraine deplores “illegal and unjustifiable” invasion, renews calls for ceasefire

 — September 8, 20228 septembre 2022

A statement from the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly, “War in Ukraine, Peace and Justice in the European Region,” denounces “the illegal and unjustifiable” Russian invasion of Ukraine and renews the call for a ceasefire as well as the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.

“We appeal to all sides in the conflict to respect the principles of international humanitarian law, including especially with regard to the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and for the humane treatment of prisoners of war,” the statement reads.
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