Care for our Common Home

Care for our Common Home

At the Collegial Assembly in 2017, Holy Union Sisters committed themselves to  “respond to the urgent call of “Laudato Si” and respect and care for the planet, our common home.”
To read “Laudato Si”  visit the Vatican website  

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach offers a Laudato Si Study and Action Guide in English and Spanish. Both are attached here.
Laudato-Si-Study-and-Action-Guide-2017
Laudato-Si-Study-Guide-Spanish

THE SPECIAL SYNOD OF BISHOPS FOR THE PAN-AMAZONIAN REGION
is taking place in Rome from October 6-27, 2019, on the theme “Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology.” Announced two years ago, this synod will address some of the driving forces of the fires in addition to other topics of great importance to the Amazonian peoples, ecosystem, and the Church. This Synod is an important opportunity for the entire Church to discern how best respond to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’, #49). This is the first synod in which integral ecology will be applied to a specific place in creation. That’s a landmark for the Church. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to care for God’s creation and advocate for the wellbeing of our neighbors, especially marginalized communities like indigenous peoples.

And just what is a Synod anyway? Why the focus on the Amazon? Download this Amazon Synod backgrounder developed by the Religious Working Group on Extractive Industries.

GLOBAL TENT FOR OUR COMMON HOME: RELIGIOUS SISTERS CONNECTING WORLDWIDE FOR THE PAN-AMAZON SYNOD
The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) invites Congregations worldwide to build/make a symbolic tent/space in their community as a reminder to pray for the Synod and to create awareness.
The tent is “a space to meet, to listen and pray for those who want to know the reality and spirituality of the Amazon Region.”
In Rome, REPAM (The Network for the Pan-Amazon Region) will open the Tent for our Common Home in the Church of Traspontina (Via della Conciliazione, very close to St Peter’s Basilica) where the indigenous people and others attending the Synod, will meet to pray and to talk. Visit the Website: You are invited to share a photo of your Amazon space together with a short prayer or your hopes for the Synod through WhatsApp +39 349 935 87 44
Online Prayer: October 24
The UISG invites you to join an online PRAYER REFLECTION on October 24 at 2pm (Rome time)
Invite your community and gather together to participate in the first on-line UISG Prayer Network.
“This Synod revolves around life: the life of the Amazon territory and its peoples, the life of the Church, the life of the planet.” (IL n. 8)
Languages: English and Spanish
CALENDAR of the UISG events for the Synod
Wednesday 16: Webinar “Sowing Hope for the Planet: Amazon” (5 languages)
Thursday 24: Prayer online for the Synod: Religious Sisters Connecting Worldwide
Monday 28: Meeting on line and at UISG “The Synod through the eyes and hearts of the Religious Sisters who attend the Synod” (5 languages)
There will be 20 Religious Sisters present at the Synod – 10 of them nominated by UISG.Some of those attending are pictured at left.
Links for the Events online (October 16, 24, 28)
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Follow the Synod on the UISG blog and social media: news, events, photos, reflection and notes from the 10 Religious sisters attending the Synod as UISG Representatives