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Putting ' Laudato Si’ into Action


Here are just six of them in Calgary

(L-R) Sr Patricia Derbyshire, Andrew Conradi ofs,  Ron Semenoff ofs (now known as Greenheart ), Joe Glaab ofm, (earmuffs )
Calgary, Alberta, 29 Nov 2015 (Photo by Paul Vanderham, ofs)

Not only was it on a cold Grey Cup Day but also the funeral for a very popular Calgary MP so the turn out for the Climate March/Rally in Canada’s oil capital was not huge (I would estimate about 400 tops, but in Ottawa it drew 25,000!). In Calgary, First Nations and young people took a leading part and it was organized by the Calgary Climate Change Action Network and hosted by the United Church. It could not have been a more beautiful day to showcase our Sister Mother Earth with Brother Sun and Sister Snow in evidence! Brother Wind was sleepy and Brother Clouds were elsewhere. People came together to demonstrate their concern for Mother Earth and the common good!

As Pope Francis has said “I ask you in the name of God to defend Mother Earth!” The Secular Franciscans who participated worldwide on 29 Nov 2015 were living Rule 15: “Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.” They were attentive to the “cry of the earth and cry of the poor” as Pope Francis asked us in Laudato Si’.

Pope Francis participated in the Global Climate March by sending his shoes to join the thousands of shoes displayed at the Place de la République in Paris. The shoes were on display to represent the 300,000 Parisians who were supposed to begin the Paris Climate March from that location. The march was cancelled by the French government in the wake of the terrorist attacks. Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, OFM attended the human chain of 10,000 who did manage to demonstrate in Paris together with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, after yesterday’s emotive petition delivery event. The 840,000 Catholic signatures were added to a global total of over 1,780,000 faith based signatures delivered to Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, and Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet.

The Laudato Si’ quote “Hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” was the background message behind the Pope’s shoes ceremony. Cardinal Hummes and the GCCM team posed for a final picture in front of the thousands of shoes at the Place de la République in Paris, in memory of the victims of the recent attacks and in solidarity with the 2000 rallies that happened on 29 November 2015 all over the world.

"100% Possible Climate March" (Ottawa, Canada)
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Development & Peace