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Caring for Creation

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.