Brazilian Church launches Laudato Si’ Roadshow

October 28, 2016, Brazilia – Major Church institutions of Brazilian, including the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), Caritas Brazil and the Conference of the Franciscan Family of Brazil (CFFB), have partnered to launch the national roadshow “Laudato Si ‘- On Care For Our Common Home.”

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Press conference in the Bishops Conference offices, featuring Alessandra Miranda (Caritas Brazil); Bishop Leonardo Steiner OFM (Secretary General of the Bishops Conference of Brazil and Auxiliary Bishop of Brasilia), Igor Bastos (GCCM Brazil coordinator), and Fray Éderson Queiroz OFM (President of the Franciscan Family Conference of Brazil).

In the quest to disseminate the teachings of Pope Francis’ encyclical, the roadshow’s key asset is an exhibition that brings together key Laudato Si’ quotes and powerful photographs to illustrate different ecological themes. The exhibition will travel around the country, visiting major cities together with the local dioceses willing to host it, while being an opportunity to organize Laudato Si’ talks and distribute relevant materials such as the Eco-Parish Guide that CNBB produced together with GCCM.

The secretary general of CNBB, Bishop Leonardo Steiner, said: “We hope this roadshow will raise awareness to motivate people to take action, not only to care for the environment per se, but also to care for the wider social-environmental crisis”.

The roadshow was launched with a press conference in the CNBB offices, featuring some of the key leaders who collaborated to make this roadshow happen: Alessandra Miranda (Caritas Brazil); Bishop Leonardo Steiner OFM (Secretary General of the Bishops Conference of Brazil and Auxiliary Bishop of Brasilia), Igor Bastos (GCCM Brazil coordinator), and Fray Éderson Queiroz OFM (President of the Franciscan Family Conference of Brazil).

According to Fray Éderson, the exhibition uses a creative format to explore the Encyclical’s message. “Here Laudato Si’ is showcased in a playful way, very attractive, and at the same time, with images that are worth a thousand words,” he explained. “The goal is to engage through dynamic formats, so that people become aware of the different dimensions of Laudato Si’.”

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Igor Bastos, representative of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, added that the exhibition features 24 key points contained in the papal document. “They are key messages exploring the key concepts of an integral ecology, complemented with compelling photographs to illustrate their meaning,” he concludes.

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