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Caring for Creation

Monday, 19 October 2015 21:23

Join the 2015 People's Climate March

seed climate marchCatholic Earthcare Australia invites everyone to take part in the People's Climate March, a global movement that will take place in Australia from the 27th–29th of November, just before world leaders gather at the UN climate talks in Paris. The March aims to demonstrate that we are a broad, diverse, united and powerful coalition committed to change, and that we want global action on climate change.

light the way smallCatholic Earthcare invites all people of all faiths to gather in Sydney on 24 September and join thousands across the globe on the evening before the adoption of the global goals for sustainable development and Pope Francis' address at the United Nations General Assembly to call for urgent action on poverty, inequality and climate change.

logo-paris cop21The recent Islamic Declaration on Climate Change reflects the growing call from various faiths urging governments to take effective climate action in Paris, which include Laudato Si', The General Synod of the Church of England and the Buddhist declaration on climate change, reports Ecojesuit.

Day of Prayer Care CreationCatholic Earthcare Australia is celebrating the very first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 by releasing a short video entitled Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action.

pope francis pray150Join Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September with an online invitation, prayers, videos and other resources for individuals, groups and parishes to help in prayer and reflection.

clri logoThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has published its latest issue of Watermark, offering commentary and reflections on Laudato Si', the papal encyclical on ecology.

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.

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