Asia pacific - The River Above Asia and Oceania: An emerging network of hope and Kairos

For the hundred or so people gathered on Zoom on 24 November, it was a big day for the climate movement. The River Above Asia and Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN) was launched online, uniting the energies, hopes, and dreams of people from Asia and Oceania with those of ecclesial networks across the world promoting integral ecology.
Oceania and Asia share a common image in the “River Above”. The Pacific comprises one-third of the planet’s surface and is the largest climate determinant on Earth producing much of the oxygen and the climate of the world. Asia and Oceania are rich not only in biodiversity but also in cultural diversity. However, the region’s forests, waters, and people are threatened by climate change exacerbated by human and political systems that are driven by consumerism and urbanisation without regard for the balance of the land.

As an inter-federation ecclesial network involving the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, RAOEN seeks to develop, integrate, and mainstream a coordination framework for promoting integral ecology. It proposes dialogue, discernment, deeds, and desires as four ways of coming together as people and Church. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, and Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, were among those who shared words of encouragement and support for the network. Read more…