17 July 2015 | Message

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE ON THE OCCASION OF THE MEETING “A DAY OF REFLECTION – UNITED WITH GOD, WE HEAR A CRY”

[ROME]

[…] You come from different situations and in various ways you experience the repercussions of mining activities, whether they are conducted by large industrial companies, small enterprises or informal operators. You have chosen to gather in Rome on this day of reflection that recalls a passage from the Apostolic Exhortation¬†Evangelii Gaudium¬†(cf. nn. 187-190), to echo the cry of the many people, families and communities who suffer directly and indirectly as a result of the consequences, too often negative, of mining activities. A cry for the lands lost; a cry for the extraction of riches from the soil which paradoxically has not produced wealth for the local populations, who remain poor; a cry of pain in reaction to violence, threats and corruption; a cry of indignation and for help for the violations of human rights, blatantly or discreetly trampled with regard to the health of populations, working conditions, and at times the slavery and human trafficking which feed the tragic phenomenon of prostitution; a cry of sadness and impotence for the pollution of the water, air and land; a cry of incomprehension for the lack of inclusive and supportive processes from civil, local and national authorities, which have the fundamental duty to promote the common good.[…]