We’ve achieved a lot together over the past five years. From the incredible Laudato Si’ Animator corps to Catholic institutions’ becoming the single-largest source of commitments in the global divestment movement, the GCCM network has made great things happen. With thanks to the Holy Spirit, we’re seeing Laudato Si’ come to life.
The Season of Creation is this special time of year when Christians from all around the world unite to pray and act for our common home. This year, we experienced a bolder sense of sense of momentum and unity across the Christian family.
Here, where the remains of the early Christian martyrs of ancient Rome are found, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes recalled the indigenous and church martyrs of today, victims of persecution by mining and logging corporations for defending the land and waters of the Amazon.
Throughout this year, Catholic communities have eagerly anticipated The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region. During this meeting, bishops, men and women religious, and community representatives, including indigenous leaders across the Amazon came together for three weeks in Rome. Although the gathering in Rome has now ended, the work of the synod continues in communities around the world.
It’s one thing for clergy or lay people to attend a key Church meeting in an official capacity. It’s quite another to do what 40 bishops and lay leaders did after the Amazon synod: promise to personally live more sustainably and in greater solidarity with the people they serve.
Living the Change, a free program from our partner GreenFaith, is a simple, easy way to make lifestyle choices that protect creation. The initiative gives us the tools to make meaningful choices that lessen our consumption in three key areas.