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Caring for Creation

sea level rise pacificThe November 2016 declaration of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania appealed for “courageous, far-sighted governance shaped by the principles of the common good and justice for all human persons” in climate action in the Pacific.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:18

Stories from the front line of climate change

kiribati sos filmWatch these two videos featuring stories on the impact of climate change on Kiribati and other communities.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:36

Fr Sean McDonagh, a missionary for creation

Fr Sean McDonagh ssc 2On his speaking tour in Australia last month, Irish Columban Father Sean McDonagh talks about the gift of Laudato Si' to the Church and how we can make it our own with urgency and climate action, writes Peter Bugden.

drought soilThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has published its latest issue of Watermark, providing a resource on extreme weather events and its relationship to climate change.

Pope Francis and Patriarch BartholomewIt is the “least” and most vulnerable or marginalized among us that are inequitably affected and irreversibly impacted by climate change, said Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his message to the COP22 gathering in Morocco.

ismapng sustainabilityThe Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) has launched its Sustainability Policy – ‘An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Living’ via a livestream broadcast on Friday, 4 November 2016.

helping hands earth150Columban Missionaries and Catholic Earthcare Australia haved called on Australian Church leaders to send a letter to Australian delegates to support the Vatican message to Paris Climate Agreement Signatory Nations leading up to the COP22 meeting.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:22

On care for creation and energy sources

clri end coalThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) published its October 2016 edition of Watermark which looks at issues concerning renewable energy.

caritas climate report 2016Caritas Australia has released a report on the state of the environment in Oceania entitled "Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change", documenting the experiences of Pacific Islanders who are struggling with the impacts of climate change.

planting hands 150A visual reflection on Psalm 8 and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ by Sister Rita Carroll rscj is available for personal or community prayer, reports the Sacred Heart Circle Newsletter.

fossilfree150The Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and the Missionary Society of St Columban have joined a global pledge to divest from fossil fuel investments, according to the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).

hands natureIn his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on September 1, Pope Francis has proposed a new Work of Mercy for Christians to engage in: caring for our common home.

coralThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in New South Wales or CLRI(NSW) has published an informative resource on the Great Barrier Reef for its July 2016 edition of Watermark.

prayforourpacificThe Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) invites parishes to participate in a gentle, prayerful and hopeful action in the #PrayForOurPacific Sabbath on 3-11 September 2016.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:04

Online textbook on modern ecological issues

healing earthHealing Earth is a free, online environmental science textbook for upper-level secondary school and beginning college students produced by the International Jesuit Ecology Project.

helping hands earth150Four Australian Catholic orders are jointly and publicly divesting from coal, oil and gas, reports The Guardian Australia.

tree of lifeCatholic Earthcare Australia’s 2016 resource, "Tree of Life", offers Australians the opportunity to share the message of Laudato Si’ and to enable dialogue and action within local Catholic communities.

mining pit150A mining toolkit produced by the 'Future We Need' (FWN), a faith-based group, aims to raise awareness about the challenges an indigenous community faces when a multi-national company wants to construct a project on their land and for all to be more sensitive to the human and environmental costs entailed in producing goods.

Monday, 23 May 2016 10:27

GCCM launches Eco-Parish Guide

GCCM eco parish guide cvrThe Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) launched the Eco-Parish Guide for Catholic Parishes. This free guide will be a great resource for your parish to take a first step during Laudato Si’ Week, to celebrate the encyclical’s anniversary with concrete action.

Laudato Si cover150One year ago, on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home. Visit the website http://laudatosiweek.org to find resources to celebrate Laudato Si' Week.

ecojesuit square logoJesuits and colleagues in the Asia Pacific are gathering to discuss how transformed lifestyles are moving a response to environmental and social concerns in the ministries in the region.

Laudato Si ActionPlan english web coverAre you looking for resources to help your parish or local community support and respond to the call of Laudato Si'? Does your parish need to raise awareness on this groundbreaking encyclical on caring for creation?

pacific climate houses2Communities of four atoll groups in Australia's north have already started moving to neighbouring Bougainville, as their low-lying Pacific homelands disappear under rising seas, reports The Catholic Leader.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:46

How green is 2016?

clri logoWatermark, the newest publication from the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW focuses on climate change action and other environmental issues of concern for 2016.

CRA Yr of Mercy logo 150Catholic Religious Australia members will gather in Leura on their annual National Assembly to reflect on the message of Laudato Si’ and the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the light of the Gospel, as well as consider religious life and how it is experienced at this time in Australia.

Monday, 18 April 2016 22:55

Prayer resources for Earth Day

helpinghands150The Presentation Sisters offer a prayer resource "Caring for Our Common Home" and invite all to unite in prayer on Earth Day, 22 April.

Monday, 18 April 2016 22:39

Commit to action on Earth Day 2016

Earth Day 2016 PosterEarth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for environmental protection. On this year's celebration, the Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.

LaudatoSi BlueMts150The paper, "Laudato Si': Making the connections" presents hermeneutical keys for Asian pastoral workers to enable them to promote the encycylical and its message, and to interpret its implications for local faith communities.

helping hands earth150The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) has added its name to Interfaith Climate Change Statement and asks other Australian faith communities to do the same so the Paris Agreement can come into force as soon as possible.

pacific climate houses2The Marist Province committee for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPICC) has drawn attention to a new web site highlighting the plight of Pacific and other maritime countries in the face of climate change.

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