On the 7th of September there was a “Day of Reflection” on the mining industry inRome. The Day had been organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, whose president, Cardinal Peter Turkson, had wisely and carefully prepared the event with a group of collaborators. Participants were mainly CEOs and top executives of the main global mining companies, but also members of global NGOs, some of them linked to the Catholic Church (Caritas Internationalis and Misereor).
I was gently invited by Cardinal Turkson to prepare and participate in the Day. The climate of confidence was high, and consequently the discussions turned around deep and fundamental questions related to environmental sustainability and the welfare of workers and communities around the mines.