There are over 300 million people in the world suffering from over 6000 identified rare diseases – European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS).
The Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development gave the keynote address to the Autumn Conference of AMRI in Dublin titled “Mission Today in Our Common Home”.
"Isolation and depression, combined with a lack of a supportive environment, affects the mental health of seafarers, sometimes with tragic and heart-breaking consequences."
Pope Francis is due today to address Vatican conference ‘Saving Our Common Home’, hosted by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development.
“With inequality increasing, climate change rapidly advancing and war and displacement destroying the lives of millions, the call to challenge global structural injustices is even more urgent today than when CIDSE was founded.”
Promoting Integral Human Development will deal with the environment, migration, the sick, prisoners, modern-day slaves — the issues closest to Pope Francis' heart.
It offers an opportunity to reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation...
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
Cardinal Turkson warns, “We clearly need a fundamental change of course, to protect the earth and its people – which, in turn, will allow us to ‘dignify humanity’."
“We all have a part to play in protecting and sustaining our common home,” the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said in his keynote address on Pope Francis's “integral ecology”.