Comments of H.E. Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg and President of Justice and Peace Europe on the encyclical letter “Laudato si”
“Laudato si” forcefully insists that debates on the environment must integrate questions of justice. Pope Francis tells us “a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach” (nº 49). A valid response to the ecological crisis can only arise of the common good is pursued from the perspective of the excluded. Assuming this perspective in Europe is not as simple as in other parts of the world, as Europe is the richest region of the world. Therefore Justice and Peace Europe, as part of the wider Justice and Peace movement of the Catholic Church, feels encouraged by the encyclical letter to continue its mission to promote social justice in Europe and to do so especially in the context of the European organizations and their institutions.