Gaudete Sunday: and a couple of us Marists attended a Laudato Si Circle Eucharist in the Gardens of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart here in Rome. This monthly Eucharist is organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement Our celebrant today was Fr Joshtram Kureethadam sdb , coordinator of Ecology and Creation at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development On of Fr Josh's responsibilities is to spearhead the Laudato Si 7-year Roll Out Plan, due to be formally launched on 24 May 2021, and of which we Marists plan to be a part, to fulfill a goal of our 2017 General Chapter, n.47: 'to create a program for an appropriation of Laudato Si'.
Yesterday, 12 December, on the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, called on the leaders of the world's nations to declare states of 'climate emergency' in their countries to spur action to avoid 'catastrophic' global warming.
Yesterday Pope Francis joined other world leaders and made his contribution to this Climate Ambition Summit, a virtual gathering aimed at building momentum for much steeper cuts in planet-warming emissions on the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate accord. below is a copy of his address
Holy See's educational efforts
Pope Francis said the Holy See is also seeking to educate people in integral ecology.
'Politics and technology,' he said, 'must unite behind an educational process which favors a cultural model of development and sustainability focused on fraternity and an alliance between human beings and the environment.'
With this goal in mind, the Pope said he had set up the Global Compact on Education , to help Catholic schools and universities promote a holistic form of education.
Over 70 million students attend Catholic schools and universities, he noted.