Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology: Discerning on identity, vocation, and mission

Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology: Discerning on identity, vocation, and mission

Territorial representatives from seven biomes in the world gathered in Rome for the meeting of the Ecclesial Networks Alliance (ENA) for Integral Ecology on 2 to 4 July to collectively discern ENA’s identity, vocation, and mission.

ENA Coordinator Mauricio López shared that this alliance of networks aims to be a space for listening to the bishops, to the ecclesial realities, and to the different voices in the territories. ENA also seeks a minimal structure to accompany local communities, especially Indigenous Peoples, in exploring new ways to promote integral ecology.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development hosted the face-to-face meeting at San Calisto Palace, bringing together around 45 territorial representatives from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe, who reflected on the identity, vocation, and mission of this “network of networks” that seeks to apply Laudato Si’.

Participating in the ENA meeting are representatives from the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (REBAC), the Mesoamerican Ecclesial Ecological Network (REMAM), the Ecclesial Network of the Gran Chaco and Guarani Aquifer (REGCHAG), the River above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN), and other networks in Canada, the US, and Europe, such as the General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) at the Curia of the Friars Minor.

The Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, and the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Michael Czerny, joined some sessions and listened to the testimonies of participants and responded to different questions. Cardinal Czerny in particular invited the ENA meeting participants to read the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium and the different pastoral guidelines to accompany people displaced by climate change and other conflicts. (See Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People [2021] and Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People [2020] by the Migrants and Refugees Section, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.)

ENA works in favor of integral ecology from a territorial perspective and this meeting’s objectives are to discern and consolidate its identity, to define and establish common priorities, and to articulate the link with the Dicastery and discern contributions to the Instrumentum Laboris, a document of the Synod 2021-2024 process.

Since its inception in 2019, ENA has engaged in several global processes such as the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) and the Synod 2021-2024 through communion, participation, and mission.

For more information on the meeting, please see this short video, Ecclesial Networks for Integral Ecology meet in Rome.

This article is also available in Spanish.

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