Announcement of the Health Pastoral Care Team of the Camillian Province of Brazil

On the occasion of the "Camillian Day" on September 15, 2023, we will open the Camillian Year of Laudato Si'. And throughout the Year, we propose campaigns to be carried out each month in our Units, such as celebratory moments with an ecological accent, training and symposia on the theme, drawing attention to the care of specific aspects and elements of life and nature.

These are appeals of reality that call everyone to awareness, conversion and concrete actions to change relationships and care for our common home, planet Earth.
In communion with the countless social workers, civil and religious institutions and people of good will who have responded to this call of Pope Francis and the clamour of nature, we Camillian religious also take up this challenge and are ready to promote new forms of relationships and initiatives for the care of people and the planet in our entities and fields of activity.

The Camillian Project Laudato Si' will have short, medium and long term initiatives, including the cataloguing of projects and initiatives already implemented in our works and the proposal of actions for the care of life and the Planet, which will be forwarded and promoted in our Entities.

During the Year of Laudato Si', each month we propose special attention and care for aspects and dimensions of reality and life. In such a way that they can be highlighted through posters and images displayed in the common spaces of the units, and that reference is made to these dimensions in celebrations, symposia, meetings, and health fairs to enable employees and partners to participate in the project. Initiatives such as saving water and electricity, reducing waste production, sorting rubbish, reducing food waste, planting a tree, caring for green spaces and plants where they exist, avoiding fires, clean-up days around the units, collecting food and clothes to help the needy.

We feel the urgent need to:

- Create a growing awareness of the relationship between human beings and the world in which we live, as we form a sublime communion that impels us to a sacred, loving and humble respect (cf. LS, 89).
- Develop a reflection on the ecological dimension of Camillian spirituality, which has as its fundamental characteristic the integral care of the human being.
- Lead people to an anthropological conversion, to realise that the human being "is spirit and will, but also nature"; he does not only inhabit the world, but is part of it.
- Cultivate an ecological spirituality, nurturing "the humble conviction that the divine and the human are to be found in the smallest detail of God's creation, even in the last speck of dust on our planet" (LS, 9).
- Grow in awareness that caring for the environment is also caring for oneself and that "a crime against nature is a crime against ourselves and a sin against God" (LS, 8).
- To live communion through care, love and respect for nature, in a shared way with all the inhabitants of our common home.
- To offer formation and guidance to the community on the care of our common home.
- Create awareness among our religious, health professionals and collaborators that the integral care of the human being presupposes the care of the common home of each person.
- Grow in understanding that the charism of care and Camillian spirituality have their raison d'ĂȘtre and are always embedded in the reality of human frailty and the planet.
- Establish partnerships and networks of care with the communities and organisations surrounding our works and missions.

Below are the themes for each month that should inspire and guide our care activities.

October 2023 - Waste treatment: According to data from the Panorama of Solid Waste in Brazil, waste production increased from 66.7 million tonnes in 2010 to 79.1 million in 2019, a difference of 12.4 million tonnes. The same study also says that each Brazilian produces an average of 379.2 kg of waste per year, which corresponds to more than 1 kg per day.

November 2023 - Caring for Animals: Laudato Si' emphasises the importance of caring for all creation, including animals. Many steps have already been taken in this direction, however, we are called upon to prevent and address the various forms of exploitation and cruelty that still exist. We have a responsibility to protect biodiversity and to recognise the interconnectedness and interdependence of all life forms.

December 2023 - Air Care: Laudato Si' emphasises that air care entails the responsibility and commitment to adopt choices and behaviours that promote air quality.

January 2024 - Care for energy, renewable and non-renewable: By adopting rational and responsible energy consumption and investing in renewable sources, you contribute to reducing the use of water and other non-renewable resources such as coal, oil and other minerals used for this purpose.

February 2024 - Forest care: According to data from the Ministry of the Environment, deforestation in the legal Amazon decreased by 33.6% in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period the previous year. This figure raises a lot of hope, but there is still a lot of work to be done to care for forests and biomes in all Brazilian regions.

March 2024 - Water Care: Approximately 35% of the world's population lacks access to treated water and 43% lacks adequate basic sanitation. In light of these figures, we have the sad knowledge that ten million people die each year from water-borne intestinal diseases.

April 2024 - Caring for the Earth: According to the United Nations, about 33% of the planet's land is already considered infertile due to its degradation, mainly through erosion, compaction and contamination. This is the result of natural factors, misuse, poor conservation and human care.

May 2024 - Care for the Human Being: The encyclical Laudato Si' emphasises the need to respect and value every human being, recognising the intrinsic dignity of each person. In this sense, it is important to ensure dignified living conditions for all, with a focus on the sick, poor, unjust and vulnerable, thus promoting social justice and guaranteeing their fundamental rights.

June 2024 - Food Care: Brazil is the second largest producer of food. However, hunger and food insecurity affect millions of people. We can prevent food waste and defend policies that promote an equitable distribution of food resources. Talking about food security means, among other things, affirming the need for fair access to food and the education and promotion of healthy eating habits.

July 2024 - Caring for hospitals: According to St. Camillus de Lellis, hospitals are our gardens and the privileged fields of our mission. Caring for hospitals involves many aspects, ranging from the efficient management of resources to the provision of quality healthcare. Taking care of hospitals means first and foremost taking care of all the people in them: patients, carers, employees, etc.

August 2024 - Caring for migrants: Many people are forced to leave their homeland due to environmental, economic and social factors. According to the International Organisation for Migration, the number of international migrants has grown from 84 million in 1970 to 281 million in 2020. It is important to welcome migrants with great compassion and solidarity, defending their rights and dignity.

September 2024 - Climate Care: 'Climate is a common good, a good of all and for all. Globally, it is a complex system that deals with many conditions essential for human life. There is a very consistent scientific consensus that we are facing a worrisome warming of the climate system (...) Humanity is called to realise the need to change lifestyles, production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce or accentuate it" (LS, 23).

We have deepened our awareness of caring for our common home. Our invitation is for the superiors to promote actions in their communities on the basis of this project and promote this celebration of the Camillian Day to all our collaborators.