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Caring for Creation

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.

green teamwork150The Mercy International Association has a Cosmology-Ecojustice group which meets online every few months, convened by Sister Denise Boyle fmdm who highlights programmes, activities and advocacy concerns from the Australian sisters.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:52

Faith Ecology Network widens

FEN logoThe Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is in the process of becoming part of the United Religions Initiative (URI), alllowing it to establish greater connections with organisations and networks around Australia. It is also seeking contributors for its blog on ecology issues from various faith perspectives.

Friday, 19 February 2016 10:22

Franciscan report on COP21

franciscan jpic logo 150Read the final report of the Franciscan delegation that attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP 21 held in Paris on December 2015.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:09

How green is your church?

planting hands 150Looking for some inspiration on how churches are responding to the call to care for creation? The Five Leaf Eco-Awards is an Australian ecumenical environmental change program specifically designed for churches.

LaudatoSi BlueMts150Catholic Earthcare Australia calls for participants to the 2016 Laudato Si’ Formation Programs taking place in Gerringong (NSW) in February and in Ulverstone (TAS) in March.

low-tide caritasIn a media release, Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Australian Catholic Church, has welcomed the agreement by 196 countries, finalised in Paris on 12 December, to avoid catastrophic global warming.

climate-change-geraldine 150Good Samaritan Sister Geraldine Kearney has been featured in an interview for the Global Sisters Report of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), focusing on her advocacy on behalf of Australia's island neighbours that are at risk due to climate change.

erc logo 150The AUD$1billion that Prime Minister Turnbull announced Australia will contribute over the next five years is not a new commitment but drawn from the Government’s existing aid budget towards building climate resilience and reducing emissions, according to a media release from the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC).

Laudato Si cover150“The ethical, the practical and the eschatological”, these are the three key contributions the Catholic Church makes to the current environmental debate, said Monsignor Pietro Parolin at the opening session of COP21 in Paris. reports Ecojesuit.

helpinghands150Want to know what world religions say about climate change? Find all the statements in this one page from the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 09:43

Pray, study and act towards COP21

green-teamwork150The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has released a weekly series of prayer-study-action guides that can be used for reflection in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit in Paris on 30 November.

climate justice 1This full report on the recent Pacific Calling Partnership seminar shares the stories of various religious congregations that have strong ties with Pacific Islands as they explore ways towards achieving a congregational voice on climate change and its impact on Pacific Islands.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:12

Peoples of the Pacific need our support now

climate-change-geraldine 150Climate change is not some far-away concept for the peoples of the Pacific; it’s impacting on their lives now and they need our support now.This was the message at a recent seminar in Sydney that focussed on the serious situation facing many Pacific Island nations and hosted by a coalition of Catholic religious congregations.

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