Cardinal Turkson Supports Climate Petition in Bolivia

September 28th update: Cardinal Turkson talked about GCCM in a speech in Boston (full text in Radio Vaticana):

“Internationally, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has organized a petition to international leaders urging that they support an international climate agreement that “drastically cuts carbon emissions and aids the world’s poor in coping with climate change impacts.” The petition has been endorsed by Pope Francis and can be signed online any time prior to the December Paris Climate Conference.”


July 23, 2015

Cardinal Turkson Supports Climate Petition in Bolivia

During the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia with Pope Francis, Cardinal Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican , supported the Catholic Climate Petition, which urges political leaders from around the world to make concrete commitments to address the urgent climate crisis and to help the poorest countries to resist the impacts of climate change. Bishop Guilherme Welang, president of the Episcopal Pastoral Commission for the Service of Charity, Justice and Peace of the CNBB and Ivo Poletto, advisor to the Climate Change and Social Justice Forum also supported the petition.

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Left: Cardinal Turkson holds “Have you signed the Catholic Climate Petition?” sign. Right: Card Turkson together with Igor Bastos, GCCM’s Brazil coordinator.


Nearly a year after Pope Francis’ first meeting with the popular movements in Rome, social organizations returned to meet with the Pope in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. More than 1,500 delegates from different people’s movements around the world took part in three days of meetings, analysis and debate on global social and environmental problems. Dozens of bishops and pastoral workers were also present.

In his speech to the popular movements, Pope Francis proposed three major tasks to seek positive change for the benefit of all our brothers and sisters. The third of these, he said, is “perhaps the most important that we have today, which is to defend Mother Earth.

“The future of humanity is not solely in the hands of the great leaders of the great powers and elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of the people, in their ability to organize and govern. With humility and conviction, this process of change is also in your hands. I am with you,” the pope added.

Watch the full speech:


[Portuguese]

Durante o II Encontro Mundial dos Movimentos Populares com o Papa Francisco, na Bolívia, o Cardeal Turkson,  presidente do Pontifício Conselho Justiça e Paz no Vaticano, apoiou a Petição Católica pelo Clima, que convoca os líderes políticos de todo o mundo a assumir compromissos concretos para resolver a urgente crise do clima e se comprometam a ajudar os países mais pobres para que resistam aos impactos da mudança climática. Dom Guilherme Welang,  presidente da Comissão Episcopal Pastoral para o Serviço da Caridade, da Justiça e da Paz da CNBB e Ivo Poletto, assessor do Fórum Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social também apoiaram a petição.

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Left: Bishop Guilherme Welang (president of the Episcopal Pastoral Commission for the Service of Charity, Justice and Peace of the CNBB) signs the petition. Right: the GCCM / Franciscan Youth team at the World Meeting of People’s Movements.

 

Depois de quase um ano do primeiro encontro do Papa Francisco com os movimentos populares, em Roma, as organizações sociais voltaram a ser encontrar com o Pontífice em Santa Cruz de la Sierra, na Bolívia. Mais de 1.500 delegados de diversos movimentos populares do mundo inteiro, junto a dezenas de bispos e agentes pastorais, participaram de três dias de reuniões, análises e debates sobre os problemas sociais e ambientais que eclodem no mundo inteiro.

No discurso aos movimentos populares, o Papa Francisco propôs três grandes tarefas que buscam uma mudança positiva em benefício de todos os nossos irmãos e irmãs. A terceira tarefa que, segundo ele, “talvez seja a mais importante que devemos assumir hoje”, é defender a Mãe Terra. “O futuro da humanidade não está unicamente nas mãos dos grandes dirigentes, das grandes potências e das elites. Está fundamentalmente nas mãos dos povos; na sua capacidade de se organizarem e também nas suas mãos que regem, com humildade e convicção, este processo de mudança. Estou convosco”, completa o Papa.



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