«It’s up to us» to propose new ways for the common life of the city

The document released by the Diocesan Coordination of Associations, Groups and Movements started from the analysis of reality, listening to the cry of the poor and of the earth, to try to give together a shared response to the many needs of today, with a particular focus on young people.

by Anna BOCCARDIAgesci
and Maria Luisa CITOCommunity of Sant’Egidio

The path that led the members of the diocesan coordination of associations, groups and ecclesial movements to draw up the note towards the next administrative elections «It’s up to us, all together» started with a long listening phase. Listening to the urban realities where we live, work, study; listening to some public administrators who willingly and frankly wanted to share success stories and hardships, solidarity and loneliness; listening to the call of the Archbishop “to contribute, according to the responsibilities and possibilities of each one, to build that web of relationships that make the world work and walk as a people towards the future” (Address to the city 2020). The spirit that animates the note is therefore that of listening, starting with the poor, because “it is with their eyes that reality is seen” (Pope Francis, 26/6/21) and sharing responsibility.

Listening to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth, increasingly connected, is the challenge in the coming years in Milan, which is preparing to welcome the international meeting on climate and sustainable development and that of young people for the climate in preparation for COP26. .

In conclusion, the document of the Coordination looks precisely to young people, recognizing that “we, Catholic associations, groups and movements, as well as parishes and the Diocese, have the task of creating opportunities for formation in social and political commitment, fostering vocations to nothing public and solicit a widespread sense of responsibility towards the civil community ».

The document is the fruit of a work of discernment and comparison between different movements and ecclesial realities that has been going on for some years now; together we question ourselves in the face of the questions of our time, in an attempt to build together a shared response to the many needs that the pandemic has also highlighted.

Belonging to the Church and being rooted in the territory made it possible to formulate in the document a series of concrete proposals in the main areas of the life of the city. The principle that animated the reflection was to take the Covid emergency as an opportunity to deeply question the pre-existing models and propose new paths for a renewed common life. Above all, in the face of the emergence of fear, but also of individualistic forms of affirmation, it was a way to reaffirm that one cannot save oneself alone. This difficult time pushes us to unite and look up, in the awareness that we must not go back to what it was before, but that we need to start new processes, out of the illusion of “staying healthy in a sick world”.

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