Ecological issues tackled at Catholic conference in Kraków

“Creation Continue: integral ecology and the challenges of the anthropocene” conference was organised by the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków.

“Each time we don’t respect the environment, we act against the will of God, against other people and future generations. If I throw away plastic, I should go and confess, that I did something bad for the environment and other people can suffer because of that,” said Sister Alessandra Smerilli, professor of political economy at the conference.

The conference is being attended by, among others, Laurence Tubiana, the head of the European Climate Foundation and Luigino Bruni, economic advisor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Participants of the recently ended synod on the Amazon, proposed introducing into the Catechism of the Catholic Church the term “ecological sin”. The proposed sin has been described as “sin against the future generations”.

The conference was held on 15th and 16th of November in Kraków, with a final Holy Mass being held on November 17th. It was organised by the Pontifical University of John Paul II. Pope John Paul II designated Saint Francis of Assisi as patron saint of ecology.