Fertile Common Ground – TEDx talk by Judith Friedlander

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in News
Fertile Common Ground – TEDx talk by Judith Friedlander

In her talk, Judy looks at the wealth of learnings, customs and traditions that exist already in our combined religious and cultural teachings. Our fascination with the new can distract us from the extraordinary value of the old. We need to reclaim this accumulated wisdom to bring about a fertile common ground, where people from all cultures and religions come together to the same table and the same garden to share and build a rich bank of educational resources for […]

Join the Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 in News
Join the Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program

“An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals, and contemplating the Creator who lives among us and surrounds us …” (Laudato Si’, Paragraph 225) You are warmly invited to join a Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program in 2017. Our next program will be taking place at the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia (Western Australia) from October 9th – 12th. Animator FLYER – WA Oct 2017 Are you wondering how to respond to Laudato […]

Message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marrakesh Climate Talks

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in News

Please click on the link below for a PDF of the Message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marrakesh Climate Talks:   message-by-his-all-holiness-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-to-the-unfccc-cop22-session-marrakech-morocco-november-7-18-2016

Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and begins an extended month-long Season of Creation which ends on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Ecology, October 4th. St. Francis saw the importance of all creatures. He often laid his hands on them and blessed them and talked lovingly to them about God. This is why many Churches have animal blessings on or around the feast of St Francis. He simply saw animals as having great […]

Irish Ecological Theologian, Father Sean McDonagh, speaking across Australia in November on Laudato Si’

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Irish Ecological Theologian, Father Sean McDonagh, speaking across Australia in November on Laudato Si’

Father Sean McDonagh to speak in Australia about Laudato Si’ – November 2016 Australian Tour You are invited to come and hear Father Sean speak about Laudato Si’. Father Sean is one of the preeminent scholars on Laudato Si’ with a long involvement in caring for Creation. Father Sean is a Columban Missionary and Irish Ecological theologian who was one of those involved in the drafting Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home”. He recently also served […]

Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors

  Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” (Pope Francis) These are the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si. His teaching is prophetic and timely “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to […]

Pope Francis’ Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in Inspiration, Networks, News, Youth
Pope Francis’ Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis’ Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Pope Francis and the Vatican held a number of events to mark and celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Below you can find the written message from Pope Francis on this day entitled “Show Mercy to our Common Home”. Pope Francis celebrated a Prayer Service in St Peter’s Basilica for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of […]

No Fracking Sacrifice Zones in Central Australia by Social Justice Awareness Group in Central Australia

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Inspiration, Networks, News, Parishes
No Fracking Sacrifice Zones in Central Australia by Social Justice Awareness Group in Central Australia

  A Statement by Social Justice Awareness Group in Central Australia Our water, land and air in Aboriginal communities and pastoral stations are not sacrifice zones for the short term benefit of NT politicians and mining company shareholders. The risks and realities of fracking are real and need answers. Will Aboriginal communities and pastoral stations be simply abandoned if the water or soil is polluted? Who will pay for the increased air conditioning costs, extreme weather events and climate change […]

Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania focus on the people of West Papua

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Inspiration, News
Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania focus on the people of West Papua

The Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, PNG/SI, CEPAC) is currently meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. We come from a multitude of island nation States spread throughout the Pacific. We are delighted to be here in PNG and have enjoyed greatly the wonderful hospitality of this vibrant nation. It was an honour for us to meet with the Hon. Powes Parkop, Governor of Port Moresby, and we all offered him […]

World Youth Day 2016 – Reflections by Catholic Earthcare Australia’s Youth Engagement Officer – Tess Corkish

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in News, Schools, Youth
World Youth Day 2016 – Reflections by Catholic Earthcare Australia’s Youth Engagement Officer – Tess Corkish

Catholic Earthcare Australia’s Youth Engagement Officer had the privilege of attending this year’s World Youth Day in Krakow Poland. Read below about her amazing journey, experience and friends made along the way! I had the great privilege of attending and participating in World Youth Day in Krakow Poland on behalf of Catholic Earthcare Australia. This week began for some of us with a conference entitled: Integral Ecology – Laudato Si’ – Young heroes of change. This allowed us to hear […]

Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

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Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.