St Francis Basilica, Assisi
I have just returned from the launch of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisi (October 29th - November 3rd 2011). 10 founding faith organisations pledged to make their sacred site green and sustainable for pilgrims - and not just the site - to encourage pilgrims to make their journeys to and from home as environmentally sustainable as possible, in line with their beliefs that all the faiths preach care for the earth.
The pictures above show both Fr Peter Massengill from the Franciscans and the Mayor of Assisi receiving their certificates to congratulate them on being founder members. They were presented by Princess Michael of Kent and The Hon Mrs Sara Morrison, former International President of WWF. To see more pictures please visit the ARC Flickr site.
Both Tony Juniper and Prof Chris Baines gave keynote speeches, both of which were excellent. it is good to see real, heartland environmentalists at a religious event - at long last.
It was a wonderful few days, Assisi is gorgeous, the weather superb and the hearts sincere - what more can you ask?
I think this has huge potential and I hope the founder members carry out their pledges and inspire others to follow. More on this to follow soon....