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Save the Date! Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2015: BC To Explore Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Environment

By BCEEAN Newsletter Staff

BC will hold four days of events in response to Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change and the environment. The events, scheduled for September 28 through October 1, 2015, will take place immediately after the Pope’s address to the U.S. Congress and subsequent address to the United Nations.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will be a keynote speaker on September 28 at 4:30 pm in Robsham Theater. According to Catholic News Service, the Ghanian cardinal provided the Pope a first draft of the teaching document. The Cardinal has been quoted in the National Catholic Reporter as stating that global inequality and the destruction of the environment “are the greatest threats we face as a human family today.”

The same news article discussed the Cardinal’s view of both the timing of the papal encyclical and the role of faith in climate discussions.  Citing several imminent international conferences on climate change and sustainable development, the Cardinal observed: “The coming 10 months are crucial, then, for decisions about international development, human flourishing and care for the common home we call planet Earth.” Regarding the role of faith, he noted: “Giving space to the religious voice and to its ancient experience, wisdom and insight therefore can transform our attitudes to creation and to others in a way that purely scientific, economic or political approaches are less likely to achieve.”

Other scheduled speakers include theologian Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ (Fordham University), theologian and ethicist Willis Jenkins (University of Virginia), and Grant Gallicho (Commonweal). Each day will include lunchtime and late-afternoon events.

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