Message from Pope Francis

Message from His Holiness Pope Francis to the ISEE 2016 Conference

On March this year, the President of ISEE, Manolis Kogevinas, and the co-Chair of the ISEE 2016 Conference in Rome, Francesco Forastiere, wrote a letter to Pope Francis:

“The conference would be an excellent opportunity to capitalize on the attention focused on the global environmental issues by the Encyclical Letter “Laudato si “on the ‘Care for Our Common Home’. The appeal to scientific research data in the Encyclical highlights the importance of the core mission of environmental scientists.

With great hope we humbly dare to invite Your Holiness to address this year ISEE gathering by the means that are considered most convenient and appropriate. We firmly deem that a message to the participants, both in writing or in video, will spread the spirit of the Encyclical Letter “Laudato si” over the works of the entire conference, and will help amplifying the main message of the current extraordinary Jubilee”.

On August 29th, we have received the following two messages: the first addressed to the Isee president:

 

Message from pope

 

Original – Italian
Sig. Dr. Francesco Forastiere,
Co-Presidente Conferenza ISEE 2016
Dipartimento di Epidemiologia
00147 Roma
In occasione della conferenza annuale della Società Internazionale di Epidemiologia Ambientale sul tema: “Vecchi e nuovi rischi: Sfide per l’epidemiologia ambientale”, col la partecipazione di numerosi scienziati impegnati nella ricerca degli effetti sanitari della contaminazione dell’aria, dell’acqua e del suolo, il Santo Padre Francesco rivolge il suo cordiale e beneaugurante pensiero, esprimendo compiacimento per tale iniziativa che aiuta  a riflettere sulla comune responsabilità di custodi della creazione e del disegno di Dio iscritto della natura, sua santità incoraggia a promuovere la piena realizzazione di ogni persona e l’autentica salvaguardia del creato e, mentre affida attese e propositi alla protezione della vergine Maria e san Francesco di Assisi, imparte di cuore a lei, ai relatori, alle autorita’ e agli scienziati presenti l’implorata benedizione apostolica, propriziatrice di fecondo cammino sulla via del bene
Cardinale Pietro Parolin
Secretario di Stato di Sua Santità

English translation
Dr. Francesco Forastiere,
Co-President of the ISEE 2016 Conference
Department of Epidemiology
00147 Rome
The Holy Father Francis is delighted to send his most heartfelt wishes to the Annual Conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology — “Old and New Risks: Challenges for Environmental Epidemiology”, which gathers numerous scientists engaged in research on the effects of air, water and soil pollution on health. He embraces this initiative, which helps to reflect on our common responsibility as stewards of creation and God’s plan written in nature, as he urges for the promotion of each and every person’s development and of the authentic protection of creation. The Holy Father entrusts all hopes and goals to the protection of the Virgin Mary and St. Francis of Assisi and gladly imparts to you, the presenters, policymakers, and all participants, the requested apostolic blessing, as an auspicious sign of fruitful progress along the path of goodness.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness