Sri Lanka Express

Vatican calls on Buddhists to Join Christians to Save the Environment

“...cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.”
May 6, 2016 - In a Vesak Day message, the Vatican has called on Buddhists worldwide to join hands with  Christians to work for the environment. 

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to the Buddhists of the world to mark the “Feast of Vesakh, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha,” Vatican Radio reported.

 “As the crisis of climate change is contributed to by human activity, we, Christians and Buddhists, must work together to confront it with an ecological spirituality,” writes  Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council. “The acceleration of global environmental problems has added to the urgency of interreligious cooperation.”

The message for 2016 was released by the Vatican May 6.

Recalling Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Cardinal Tauran said the current ecological crisis is a call for a “profound interior conversion” that adds to the urgency of interreligious cooperation.

Additionally, Cardinal Tauran said followers of all religions must “transcend their boundaries” and collaborate in building an ecologically responsible society.

Catholics and Buddhists, in particular, can promote the planet’s health and sustainability through joint initiatives and educational programs aimed at raising ecological awareness, Cardinal Tauran said.

“Dear Buddhist friends, may we cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change and contribute to the care of our common home,” he wrote.


Cardinal Tauran concludes by calling on Catholics and Buddhists to “cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.”


Some countries observe Vesakh May 14, while others celebrate May 20-21.