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To Go Forth is a blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD). The blog takes its inspiration from Pope Francis’ challenge to go forth to the “peripheries” to share the Good News and stand in solidarity with those suffering poverty and injustice.

 

Everything is Connected: A New Series on Caring for Our Common Home

August 7, 2020

laudato-si-postcard-front.pngInequalities have become more recognizable in the midst of our recent challenges: Covid-19, an economic crisis, the murder of George Floyd, and renewed racial unrest in our communities. With so many injustices present in our world today, it can be hard to remember that nothing exists in a vacuum or silo. A key theme in Laudato Si’ is the idea that everything is connected, a fact clearly evident in today’s challenges. Our fate and the fate of the earth herself are inextricably linked together; we rely on the earth for our life support. The injustices in our world are also connected. Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities who suffer from a lack of police accountability often live in neighborhoods with higher crime and poverty rates, with underfunded schools and community services. Landfills and other facilities are often placed in these communities, leading to poor environmental conditions and negative health consequences for residents. Healthcare in low-income communities is often unaffordable and inaccessible, leaving those who are already more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. 

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