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Caring for Creation

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.

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.

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