Pope Francis sends message to communities affected by mining operations worldwide


Pope Francis sent a message to the participants of a Vatican meeting on the impact of mining operations on local communities, organised on 17-19 July by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in collaboration with the Churches and Mining Latin American Network – an ecumenical coalition of 70 organisations (which Pax Christi International has joined recently). 

In his message, the Pope spoke of the cry for justice coming from these communities for their lost lands, the violence, threats, corruption, the trampled human rights, the dire working conditions, and sometimes the slavery and human trafficking as well as the pollution of water, air and soil. The Pope urged the entire mining sector to carry out a radical paradigm shift to improve the situation in many countries. He said all parties needed to adopt a behaviour that is inspired by the fact that we make up one human family and engage in a sincere and respectful dialogue to deal with this crisis.

The final statement of the meeting is available in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German