Ecumenical convention on the commitment of the churches for the safeguard of creation
"Living nature, understand the causes of climatic changes, urging ecological conversion: the Christian churches question themselves", this was the title for a day of study held at Assisi in occasion of the "IV Day for the Safeguard of Creation" which ended with an ecumenical prayer for "climatic refugees", in the lower Basilica of St. Francis.
At the center of attention of the scientists and theologians this year was the theme of air as a common good. At the meeting, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) and the National Academy of Sciences, intervened Pastor Letizia Tomassone, Vice President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), who talked on the relationship between ecology and justice. Tomassone spoke of a "clear situation of unbalance between those who have access to resources and those who do not, denouncing the contradictory reality of consumption, symbol of well-being, that causes an impoverishment of vast areas of the planet: a debt - she warned - that cannot be paid with money, but only with an ecological conversion".
Among the speakers were also Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Commission on Ecumenism and Dialogue of the CEI; Arrigo Miglio, President of the Commission on Social Problems and Employment of the CEI; Simone Morandini, Coordinator of the Project on ethics, philosophy and theology of the Lanza Foundation of Padova. Amon the scientists were Franco Prodi, Director of the Institute of Science of the Atmosphere and Climate of the CNR of Bologna and Gian Tommaso Scarascia Mugnazzo, President of the National Academy of Sciences. Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi closed the meeting explaining that for "ecological conversion" there are at least four conversions to consider: cultural, "aesthetic", ethical and "spiritual" ones.
From press release NEV - Notizie evangeliche, 30 September 2009