On June 18 we happily learned and received Pope Francis’ social encyclical dedicated to environment. It is inspired in the Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisi, and takes some of its verses as beginning: “Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth…”. Our common home —Earth— “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. We ourselves “are dust of earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters”. This mother claims for the damage she suffers from the abuse and irresponsible use of the goods that God gave her.
The exploitation of natural resources can contribute to generating income, prosperity and promoting local development, but they can also help worsening conflict in those regions where they are abundant. Last May 20, the European Parliament demanded a mandatory EU certification for every EU importer that stocks up on mineral resources from conflict areas. The last members of these minerals’ supply chain will have to undergo an external audit.
From the Spanish Justice and Peace Commission, we deeply regret that the steps taken from the European Union in matter of migratory policy remain focused on border control and vigilance without minding other factors, like the ones related to the development models that cause many migratory flows.
This annual Justice and Peace Day motto is “For the right to decent work”. It was held in Lleida between April 10-12. Through labour, we build social and political life and we contribute to God’s Plan on Mankind. If we lack labour, human dignity is damaged. Therefore, it is mandatory to highlight our organisations’ necessity of decent labour for everyone. It must figure in the political agenda, as well as in the social and business entities’ and both personal and the Church’s.
In the back cover there is a summary of subjects followed by the Spanish Commission and some of the activities it has been involved in. The most remarkable item from this quarter has been its participation in the II World Conference on Women, organised by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace along with other two global women organisations.
We hope you enjoy a happy summertime, “taking care of our common home to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation and to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature”.
Isabel Cuenca Anaya
Secretary General, Justice and Peace of Spain