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Justice and Peace Europe: Taizé, Msgr. Hollerich confirmed President. “Unity against environmental and social destruction”

Mons. Jean-Claude Hollerich, presidente Comece

The assembly of the National Commissions of Justice and Peace Europe on “Spiritual Roots and Political Fruits” in Taizé, France (22-25 September) has just finished; Archbishop of Luxemburg Jean-Claude Hollerich was confirmed President for another three years. The climax was the ”symbolic action” set up on initiative by the Global Catholic Climate Movement. As the final report says, all participants placed earth taken from “injured places in their countries of origin” into one container, meaning “unity against environmental and social destruction”. “A remarkable sign “to respond to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”, said Msgr. Hollerich, confirming his commitment “for the global task to carry out the thoughts and the spirit of Laudato Si’”. Therefore, several handfuls of earth were mixed together: earth from the Portuguese woods devastated by fire, earth of waste sites or contaminated with pesticides (Land of Fires in Campania, from Luxemburg, etc.), from the prison of Spaç in Albania (where several priests against the regime died), as well as from the seat of the UN climate office in Bonn, as a sign of encouragement for climate negotiations, or from Cagliari, where the Social Week of Catholics is taking place in October. Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Card. Peter Turkson took part in the works, too.

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