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Ratzinger Foundation to study the ecological proposals of popes Benedict XVI and Francis

The Ratzinger Foundation has organized an international congress in Costa Rica from November 29 to December 1 in which Pope Francis' Laudato si' and the speeches on the environment by Benedict XVI will be the main axis.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
President, Ratzinger Foundation
“We are preparing a congress for the end of the year, at the Catholic University of Costa Rica. It will be about Pope Francis' Laudato si' and its continuity with the effort and care for the common home by Benedict XVI. This will involve much of Central America and Latin America, especially Catholic universities.”

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, who has closely followed the Amazon’s decline, and Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, will participate, among others. 

Theologians and scientists will debate and evaluate the measures that society should adopt to deal with climate change. A kind of ecological barometer will be created, so each country can check whether it meets Laudato si's parameters to care for the environment.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
President, Ratzinger Foundation

“The Catholic University of Costa Rica has an important project with which it will measure the physical and social indexes in regard to environmental changes in order to be able to measure how much effort people are putting into taking care of the ‘common home.’”

With this meeting, they hope to make people aware about caring for the planet in a way that is as much scientifical as theological and spiritual. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
President, Ratzinger Foundation
“It will be a study that will measure not only the development of climate change, but also the way we live with it and fight against it.”

Under the slogan “Care for the Common House: a necessary conversion for Human Ecology,” the Holy See hopes to do something about climate change by uniting people in a common effort in order to create a more sustainable world