Will You Add Your Name to a Letter Welcoming Pope Francis’ Climate Change Message and U.S. Visit?

Xavier Cortada, “ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys),” digital art, 2015. Artwork created to welcome Pope Francis’ climate change message and U.S. visit. ©2015 Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada, “ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys),” digital art, 2015. Artwork created to welcome Pope Francis’ climate change message and U.S. visit. ©2015 Xavier Cortada

Pope Francis plans to mark two historic milestones this year:

  • Issuing a rare “encyclical” (a letter of guidance to the whole church) – the first to focus primarily on climate change and human responsibility for the environment.
  • Visiting the United States and addressing a joint session of Congress – the first Pope ever to do so.

Please consider being part of these historic events by joining in a letter welcoming Pope Francis and his leadership on climate change.

Visit: http://www.honoringthefuture.org/papal/ or http://cortada.com/2015/Ichthys

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One response to “Will You Add Your Name to a Letter Welcoming Pope Francis’ Climate Change Message and U.S. Visit?

  1. Xavier Cortada (Miami)

    Artist’s Statement:

    We are all pilgrims on a journey. My journey began in infancy in the Christian tradition. It, along other sources I’ve found along the way, continues to shape and guide me.

    I often think about the first Christians. As I was growing up, I remember painting them.

    The first Christians had a sense of urgency.

    Their beliefs were met with resistance. But their bond was stronger. Secretly, they would scrawl their emblematic symbol of a fish on walls to communicate with one another, build fellowship, and spread their ideas.

    They were denied, but they persevered. They united – thinking of the whole before the self–and built community. They spoke their truth, acted on their faith and survived. In time, like the five loaves and two fish of the Gospel, their numbers multiplied.

    The two ensuing millennia have brought remarkable change to that church and to the planet: Many of the fish that were abundant when Jesus lived are now critically endangered.

    They are struggling for survival as Earth undergoes its sixth mass extinction. Unlike the five before, this one is being caused by human impacts on local ecosystems and global climate.

    Today, Christians—along with their brothers and sisters across the globe who pray to no or other gods–are being asked to act to save the planet and each other from themselves.

    As a global community we must come together as the first Christians did and think of the greater good.

    We must learn to love the world and those who live there—including the animals we coevolved with.

    We must again learn to love one another, including the generations not yet born.

    Xavier Cortada
    http://www.cortada.com

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