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Sanibel resident continues interfaith work at Vatican, beyond

By Staff | Apr 10, 2019


Long-time Sanibel resident Peter Blaze Corcoran has returned from the international conference on “Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the Cry of the Earth and of the Poor,” held on March 7-9 in the Vatican City.

Organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the conference aimed to spark interfaith communication around the role religions can play in achieving the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Pope Francis addressed the conference in an official papal audience in Clementine Hall. In his remarks, he called for “concrete, ethical, civic, and political commitments that develop alongside our Sister Earth and never against her.”

Corcoran was invited back to participate in discussions with the Vatican this year after attending the international conference on the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, “Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth,” in 2018. The gathering was inspired by Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on the care for the world. It communicated a sense of urgency and need for action, especially by religious leadership, in protecting Earth for future generations.

Following the recent conference, Corcoran attended the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11-15. The theme was “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.” Corcoran participated in the first-ever Faith for Earth track. Religious leaders from around the world were included in the formal program, acknowledging the role faith traditions can play in environmental stewardship.

Upon his return to Sanibel, Corcoran spoke on March 24 on “Care for Creation: The Challenge of Following the Primordial Scripture” at the Christian Education Forum at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He updated the audience on the recent global interfaith initiatives.