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.
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.
In more than 320 Catholic climate strikes worldwide, young Catholics marched and prayed on September 20 to demand urgent action in the fight against climate change. As church bells rang in solidarity, the young Catholics — from the Philippines, Ecuador, the USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Ireland and elsewhere — joined four million marchers in climate strikes the world over.
This is what change sounds like: the church bells that rang around the world in solidarity as a record four million young people in 150 countries marched in climate strikes on September 20.
Anyone who marched in the recent climate strikes knows that it’s crucial to keep that momentum alive. We must continue in our communities what began on the streets! And even if you couldn’t march, there’s much you can do to support this growing movement.