New Pentecost 2018 focuses on ecology
“Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor” by Leonardo Boff (Orbis Books, New York, 1997)

As it has done each year since 2005, CCI will celebrate its New Pentecost event again this year by focusing on the theme “Ecology” on Pentecost Sunday 20 May.

As decided at the CCI International Council in 2016, the aim is to create awareness of the need to protect creation.

As Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si’ in 2015, ‘a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

In this historic encyclical, Pope Francis applies Cardijn’s time-tested see-judge-act methodology to the ecological sphere and the need to care for our “common home.”

In a statement for this year’s New Pentecost event, CCI has called on its members to ‘organize liturgical celebrations, study days, seminars, rallies or meetings to discuss the threat to humanity and nature by degradation of the environment and the steps that could be taken to leave a safer earth to our future generations.”

“You may also use this occasion to create awareness through social media and other modes of campaigns.

“You may also choose to issue media release on the need to protect creation and to appeal to the people to do their best to care for their common home,” the statement says.

CCI’s New Pentecost program was first launched in 2005 to promote the dream of Saint (Pope) John XXIII that Vatican II should open the way to a New Pentecost in the Church.

“O Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost,” was the prayer for the Council proposed by Saint John XXIII.

It was conceived as a follow up to the successful CCI conference on Vatican II in the era of Globalization held in Bangkok to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II in 1962.

Ever since, members and friends of CCI across the world are observing the Pentecost Sunday to reflect and study a particular theme and to come up with action plans, activities and projects to build a different world.


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