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Caring for Creation

Monday, 24 August 2015 09:10

‘No to mining, yes to life'

mining conference 2015Amidst much suffering to indigenous communities and local people, mining corporations wield economic and political power over governments, whilst being protected by international trade and financial institutions. But voices cry out, ‘go away’, ‘no to mining, yes to life’, writes Fr Claude Mostowik msc.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:15

More faith groups respond to Laudato Si

MOGCThe newsletter of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) has published "Ecological conversion: Called to hope, spurred to action", a response to the papal encyclical Laudato Si', along with a statement from Faith-Economy-Ecology-Transformation (FEET) and Muslim scholars and environmental advocates.

Maria Tiimon-Chi FangClimate change is very real in Kirbati. It’s about survival. It’s about saving our islands. It’s about saving our homes, Kiribati native Maria Tiimon-Chi Fang told politicians and church leaders this week in Parliament House in a gathering to discuss Pope Francis’s environment encyclical, Laudato Si’, reports Aoife Connors.

helpinghands150How can I become part of the ‘bold revolution’ that is required in our world according to Pope Francis' papal encyclical Laudato Si'? asks Sr Katrina Brill rsj. She shares a daily checklist that helps her focus on sustainability and away from indifference.

The Francis Effect II cvr"The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You – On Care for our Common Home," the first comprehensive response to Laudato Si and a collaborative project between Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Earthcare Australia and Catholic Mission, was published in print and digital versions on the 4th of August.

mining conference 2015Newly appointed CRA Justice Network Coordinator, Fr Claude Mostowik msc, was a delegate of the Australian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) at an international mining conference which highlighted stories of communities affected by mining, a concern reiterated by Pope Francis in his recent message, writes Fr Peter Malone msc.

Sr Carol Zinn Tas lectureSmall changes in attitude and behaviour towards the environment could make a big difference in our care for Creation, according to Sister Carol Zinn ssj.

Sr-Mary-McDonald sgsThe concerns and values expressed in Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si are also central to the rule of St Benedict, says Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Laudato Si’, subtitled ‘On Care for Our Common Home’ underscores its main message: that we share a small interconnected planet which can only become a reality in ‘relationship’ with all creation, people and the Creator, writes CRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc.

francis effect 2 cvr150In the wake of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, released in mid-June, three Catholic agencies–Catholic Earthcare, Catholic Religious Australia and Catholic Mission–are among the first to respond to its urgent call to action.

ecojesuit square logoEcojesuit offers a helpful map to the different parts of Laudato Si’ for readers who wish to engage with this document in terms of human development perspectives but who may not share the same faith convictions.

Laudato Si cover150St Pauls Publications has published the papal encyclical Laudato Si', which has drawn huge attention to critical ecological and environmental issues facing the world today. You can order copies of the book online or visit St Pauls bookstores.

LaudatoSi BlueMts150His Holiness Pope Francis has challenged ‘every person living on this planet’ to enter into a new dialogue toward building a better future in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ – ‘Praise be to you’. In a media release, the Australian Bishops and Catholic Earthcare Australia invite the Catholic community and the wider Australian community to address the challenges and opportunities in Laudato Si’.

Catholic Earthcare logo 150Are you wondering how to respond to Laudato Si', the Papal encyclical on ecology? What would it take to animate the call to justice, peace and integrity of Creation, so we learn how to live and work sustainably on our planet? Catholic Earthcare Australia offers a special Ecological Encylical Formation Program in July 2015 to help those in leadership positions answer these questions.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 13:58

Vigil for the Pope's encyclical

candles150Join a Candlelight vigil in Sydney on Thursday, 18 June organised by 350.org to welcome the Pope’s encyclical in which he is expected to speak strongly on the need for a global agreement to reduce emissions and to rapidly take up renewable energy.

Monday, 15 June 2015 22:48

Protecting the whole of creation

helping the worldIn anticipation of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology, La Civiltà Cattolica, the periodical of the Jesuits in Rome, Italy has traced the thinking on ecology which the Popes have indicated in the last 50 years in its editorial, "Protecting the whole of creation: A service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out."

WED 2015 FBWorld Environment Day this year is celebrated on June 5. This year's theme, "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." highlights the reality that the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development.

ARRCC ark150The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a coalition of religious leaders from various faiths, has written to the Prime Minister and to Members of Parliament on both sides of politics, calling for Australia to increase its target for reducing carbon emissions, reports the Archdiocese of Melbourne's Media and Communications Office.

Global Catholic Climate Movt logoThe Global Catholic Climate Movement offers a collection of church teachings on ecology by previous Popes and other Catholic voices for reading and reflection prior to the publication of the papal encyclical on June/July 2015.

Catholic Earthcare logo 150Catholic Earthcare's page on the upcoming papal ecological encyclical offers a layman's understanding of this much anticipated document, providing news updates and links surrounding its publication.

Monday, 11 May 2015 14:23

Climate change and the common good

planting hands 150The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences have jointly published a new document, "Climate Change and the Common Good" which sets out a statement of the problem and the need for transformative solutions.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 11:12

ARRCC Community organising workshop

ARRCC ark150Would you like to be able to animate meaningful action in your community to address climate change, but there are various hurdles and blocks? ARRCC is offering a Sydney workshop on 16 May 2015 to have you feeling more empowered and effective. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:01

Earth Hour 2015

earth hour 2015Earth Hour 2015 will be on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30-9:30 pm local time. Register your event online or find out the many ways you can express your commitment to the planet.

Monday, 09 March 2015 13:39

An invitation from creation

pink flowerGood Samaritan Sister Liz Wiemers reflects on the new cosmology through a series of photographs she captured during a recent sabbatical in Ireland and Germany, aiming for “sacred seeing” - to see beneath the surface and see the ever-changing face of God.

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:44

Lenten reflections on caring for creation

green-teamwork150In preparation for Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on the environment and Easter, prayer resources are available for reflecting on environmental stewardship more deeply this Lenten season.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:46

Global Divestment Day 2015

fossilfree150On February 13-14, Australia will join the world to break up with fossil fuels and call on others to do the same as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day.

cop20lima logoAustralia's pledge to contribute to the Green Climate Fund during negotiations at the 2014 Climate Change Conference in Lima is good news, according to the latest e-news from EarthSong.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

Religions: Get on board with ecological crisis

helping the world“The majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed,” says well-known eco-missionary, Columban Fr Sean McDonagh in a media release from the Columban Mission Institute Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:07

Prayers and updates on COP 20 in Peru

Columbans Lima vigilOn Tuesday December 2nd, people from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions came together in Sydney’s beautiful Botanical Gardens to kick off a prayer campaign as the UN Conference of Parties negotiations (COP20) began in Lima, Peru.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:05

Divestment: taking action on climate change

helping hands earth150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW recently released its latest edition of Watermark, exploring divestment as a powerful way for individuals to take action on climate change.

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