The tragedy of refugees along with the disappointing response of Europe is yet another proof of the lack of commitment shown by our opulent societies facing the suffering of many peoples. The European Governments response is a direct consequence of the public opinion which is reluctant to welcome those who are trying to find their way into our continent and of a widespread indifference that we could define as a “heart disease”.
In the Message for the 2016 World Day of Peace Pope Francis shows a path to peace through this Jubilee, inviting us to fight indifference in our own lives and to adopt a specific commitment to contribute to improve the reality around us. At the same time, he calls on the States to carry out specific gestures towards the most vulnerable people of society such as migrants, prisioners, infirm, jobless, roofless and landless people.
In his Concerted Action 2016, Justice and Peace Europe has decided to address the growing economic and social inequality in Europe, focusing on the need for the ethical requirement of a fairer tax system in our time.
Pope Francis in the Encyclical Laudato Si’ warns us about the need for an ecological conversion. This is the effect of the encounter with Jesus Christ that should bring us to the transformation of our relationship with the world around us. The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the earth requires a different way to apply the economy and progress. We need a conversion that unites us to all the people and that frees us from the slavery of consumerism.
Of the different activities carried out this quarter, the publication of “crisis and dignity at work” as a result of the last three years annual meetings of the General Commission of Justice and Peace stands out. Emigrant’s vulnerability and human rights were the topics raised at the workshop organized by the Dominican Family in Sevilla during the first weekend of February as a process of reflection of its 800th anniversary.
The group Enrol for Justice celebrates on April 21st the prayer Vigil on this subject and will launch a joint campaign about “care for Creation” at the ecclesiastical level, even though the official launch of this campaign is not expected until June 5th. The legislative process to achieve an ambitious European regulation regarding conflict minerals continues and the civil society is collecting signatures demanding mandatory requirements of due diligence in line with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
We would like to invite you to participate in the workshop organised by the General Commission of Justice and Peace that will take place in Murcia the 8th and 10th of April, along with this Diocesan Commission. Hope to see you all there.
Isabel Cuenca Anaya