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2016 Message of Pope Francis for the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 

2002 Social Justice Statement by the Australian Bishops: 
A New Earth: The Environmental Challenge 

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POPE FRANCIS’ 2018 MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

In 2015, shortly after completing his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989.

According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis’s message for 2018 is a meditation on the centrality of water in our lives, our faith, our history – in all life. He reminds us that “our world owes a great social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity” (Laudato Si’, 30).

You can read the full text here.

The former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong is one of leading voices in climate change.  He will be in Melbourne for one evening to present the challenges facing Kiribati and his vision for a more just and sustainable future.

 

 

A group of people have been meeting to discuss ways in which the principles contained Laudato Si might be implemented within the Melbourne Archdiocese.  

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is supporting a coalition of groups calling for more humane asylum policies ahead of the Wentworth by-election.

At the Parish Forum “Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: Transforming Communities” at Box Hill on 15 September 2018, Christine Kennedy, Sr Caroline Vaitkunas and Robyn Humphery from Endeavour Hills, Elwood and St Kilda West and Cheltenham parishes told of their parish initiatives responding to the encyclical, what has been learned, and future activities.

Common features of the presentations included providing information to parishes and communities, interacting with local school students, liturgical responses, a growing and broader awareness of the need to care for the environment, and uplifting and deepening personal experiences of everyone taking part.

 

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne

The film follows the endeavours of Kiribati’s then-President, Anote Tong, to bring international attention to the Pacific nation’s calls for action. With indomitable spirit, gentle strength and charm, the Kiribati people have become the face of climate change, imploring us to contemplate the crisis of rapidly submerging nations, and the associated impacts on cultural identity. 

Organised by Pacific Calling Partnership and Environmental film Festival, Australia
Tickets: ($20.00/ $17.50/ $16.50)  Click here for booking and more information. 
 
 

Join us to celebrate LIVING THE CHANGE together: creating a flourishing world for all. We gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. We tap into our deepest values to find the inspiration to address climate change and support each other in the journey.


On Saturday 15 September 2018, more than 30 people from 12 parishes gathered at St Francis Xavier and St Clare Combined Parish of Greater Box Hill to share insights into how parishes might respond to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home, the earth.

In 2015, Pope Francis wrote “an urgent letter” to “everyone on the planet” to express his concern for the devastation that humans are causing to our Earth and its climate, and to ask all people to change the way we treat the Earth, each other and the poor. How are you and your parish responding to the Pope’s urgent request?  

 

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation across the globe.  The season begins 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of ecology in several religious traditions. The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘walking together” and will be celebrated by Christian and other faith traditions as brothers and sisters on a pilgrimage of shared reflection and action to better care of creation.
 

 
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