Pope Francis warmly welcomed the board of directors and top leaders of the Global Catholic Climate Movement on Thursday.
We were humbled and supremely grateful to receive the personal reception. This meeting offered a beautiful opportunity to thank Pope Francis for his leadership.
Since publishing Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has inspired millions of the world’s Catholics to care for our common home.
During the meeting, he shared his personal story of ecological conversion and his memories of visiting the Philippines. Pope Francis visited the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which was likely made much stronger by climate change and killed thousands of people. GCCM Executive Director Tomás Insua also visited the Philippines just after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and encountered his own ecological conversion on that visit.
We were honored to present Pope Francis with a rosary made of seeds that were gathered in the Amazon and to receive his blessing of prayer ribbons that were written in local communities along a 1,500-kilometer pilgrimage from the Vatican to Poland for the 2018 United Nations climate talks.
The meeting was especially meaningful as we draw closer to Laudato Si’ Week, to which Pope Francis has invited us all. The week will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ by celebrating how far we’ve come together and accelerating our efforts for the road ahead.