Article and Interview by Devon Watkins originally Published on Vatican Radio (Used with Permission)
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, recently hosted (September 18-20) a conference in the Vatican for Church representatives and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of major mining conglomerates to discuss the impact of mining operations on local communities.
The conference follows two similar events organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the first a ‘day-of-reflection’ for many of the same mining executives held in 2013. Then in July 2015 Cardinal Turkson hosted a three-day meeting for representatives from communities impacted by mining operations across the world.
Executives and engineers attending last week’s meeting represented major mining conglomerates, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and Newmont Mining, among others. Father
Séamus Finn, OMI, – moderator of the conference – is the Board Chairman of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which comprises nearly 300 organizations and collectively represents over $100 billion in invested capital. He is also the Chief of Faith Consistent Investing of the OIP Investment Trust.
Devon Watkins spoke to Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI after the conference in a wide-ranging interview about the goals of the meeting.