NEWS ANALYSIS - Laudato Sì year, opportunity for pastoral and missionary renewal in Latin America

Saturday, 27 June 2020 mission   missionary animation   ecology   laudato sì   evangelization  

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - The special year dedicated to the encyclical "Laudato Sì" will be a fruitful opportunity for pastoral renewal and evangelization in Latin America. Exponents of the Churches who have accepted the initiative promoted by the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service as a proposal that can help the Churches in their evangelizing mission in the whole of society are convinced of this.
"The Laudato Sì Year offers formulas, initiatives and ways to achieve the objectives of the encyclical to all ecclesial communities", says, in dialogue with Agenzia Fides, Alirio Cáceres, contact person of "integral ecology" of Caritas Latin American. These parameters, explains the expert, "are focused on integral ecology. They respond to the appeal of the poor and that of the earth". In this context, the Special Year dedicated to Laudato Sì represents a sort of "work plan that Pope Francis offers to all ecclesial organizations to achieve features of the vision of his magisterium".
The Mexican Church echoes the first point of the document "Laudato Sì 2020-2021 - Itinerary for the Church in Mexico", when it speaks of "a year in which we must invest pastoral action in achieving an ecological spirituality that can ensure fundamental and non-formal changes, and it can help us to aim for an integral ecology rather than a green ecology". And David Torres, secretary for the Integral Care of the Creation of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico, notes that in this pronouncement seven lines are launched to work in communion with the dioceses. "We are organizing virtual diocesan meetings - given the pandemic in progress - to seek together the way forward at a pastoral and missionary level" (...) - continues