April and May have been elections months. These candidacies face the challenge of reaching legitimacy to exert the represented functions, as well as to promote, from their duties and competences, the common good and Human Rights. As Pope Francis claimed in his Message for this year’s World Day of Peace: “Political office and political responsibility thus constantly challenge those called to the service of their country to make every effort to protect those who live there and to create the conditions for a worthy and just future. If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.” (n.2)
The World Environment Day was held on the 5th of June, and on the 20th of the same month the World Refugee Day took place. Both days are related, as we learned from the encyclical Laudatosi’. Everything is connected. Climate change intensifies droughts, desertification, salinization of groundwater and land or the rise of the sea level, which contributes to the displacement of people through international frontiers. Last year, over 25 billion displaced people moved for these reasons, and such numbercontinues to increase.
An encounter under the motto “The Common Good and Our Common Seas” took place in Copenhagenduring the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May. It was organized by Justice and Peace of Europetogether with other collaborating entities. The identified issues were pollution from fertilizers, metals, plastics and wastewater, unsustainable fishing practices, global warming and the loss of biodiversity and coral reefs, deoxidization and acidification. This year’s “blue COP” will take place in Santiago de Chile. It will promote a greater protection of oceans. The EU strategy consists in strengthening international governance, promote a blue sustainable economy and support research activities.
With the celebration of May, the 1st we, the bodies of the Spanish initiative “Church for a Decent Work”, remember that “decent work, which makes part of the Sustainable Development Goals, is anessential element for social justice and the cohesion of all humanity”, and we propose “a program centered on the people and based on the investment on individuals’ capacities, labor institutions and decent and sustainable work”.
The back cover contains, in addition to work group activities and campaigns, the invitation to participate in the first phase of the Congress of Lay People and some conclusions of the Catalan-Balearic meeting held on the first weekend of June in Terrassa.
Kind regards and happy summer!
Isabel Cuenca Anaya