Caring for Creation
His 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’.
Are 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.
Join 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.
In 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."
World 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.
The 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.
The 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'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.