Anticipation mounts for the Pontiff’s encyclical on ecology

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Inspiration, News
Anticipation mounts for the Pontiff’s encyclical on ecology

Our Catholic Earthcare team are eagerly anticipating Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, and the opportunity it will bring to galvanise environmental action – both in the Catholic Church and beyond. The date when the encyclical will be released and its specific content is not yet known. However it is expected that it will be announced in June or July 2015, and will explore human ecology and our relationship the natural environment. The release of the encyclical will preempt the UN climate talks, which […]

Australia joins global carbon fast calling for decisive climate action

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Networks, News
Australia joins global carbon fast calling for decisive climate action

Catholic Earthcare Media Release: February 17, 2015 Catholic Earthcare Australia, as part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), announced today that more than 45 countries will take part in a 40-day Lenten fast for climate justice. The fast will take place from Ash Wednesday (February 18) to March 28, with different countries leading the fast on different days of Lent. Australia will be leading the Lenten fast on March 17. Participants in the fast are praying for unity on climate change within the Catholic […]

Our Lady of Fatima, Kingsgrove

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Parishes
Our Lady of Fatima, Kingsgrove

Our Lady of Fatima, in Kingsgrove Sydney, is a wonderful example of a parish embracing sustainability and the need to care for God’s Creation. The sustainability journey begun at Our Lady of Fatima almost 10 years ago, with some small actions by a single parishioner, Thea Ormerod. Thea, who has been part of the parish for over 30 years, is a close friend of Catholic Earthcare and a passionate advocate for sustainability, climate issues and social justice. One day, Thea noticed that […]

Sacred Heart Geeveston participates in ASSISI Pilot School Project Tasmania

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in ASSISI, Schools
Sacred Heart Geeveston participates in ASSISI Pilot School Project Tasmania

Through our ASSISI initiative, Catholic Earthcare works closely with schools across Australia to support development of a holistic approach to sustainability. In 2013 Sacred Heart Catholic School (Geeveston), along with Holy Rosary Catholic School (Claremont), Sacred Heart College (New Town) and St Mary’s College (Hobart), was selected  to be part of our ASSISI Pilot School Program in Tasmania. In the two years since they joined the program, Sacred Heart Geeveston has really embraced the ASSISI model. Principal Luch Brighella said the school’s initiatives […]

Catholic Earthcare Youth Network launched

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Networks, Youth
Catholic Earthcare Youth Network launched

Catholic Earthcare is proud to announce that we are launching a new Youth Network in 2015. We are strong advocates for taking practical action to protect Creation. We believe that young people have the most to lose in this fight for the future of our planet, but also the most to gain from engaging with all sectors of the community around biodiversity, water security and climate change. Twenty-one year old Tess Corkish, the youngest member of the Catholic Earthcare team, will be coordinating the Network.  She says: […]

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide 2015

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 in Schools, Youth
Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide 2015

We would like to encourage our Youth Network to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, which will be held in Adelaide from the 3rd – 5th of December 2015. The Festival is run by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference to “Provide young people with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.” Young people from Year 9 up to those of 25 years of age […]

Global Catholic Climate Movement launched

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Networks, News
Global Catholic Climate Movement launched

Catholic Earthcare Australia Media Release:  January 15, 2015 Today marks the launch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international coalition of Catholic organisations and leaders committed to a sustainable climate future. At the launch, the group released a statement underpinned by Catholic teachings and calling for prayer and action among the world’s Catholic population to work together on climate issues. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will present the statement to Pope Francis during his trip in the Philippines […]

Light for Lima – the faithful join together to pray for action on climate change

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in News
Light for Lima – the faithful join together to pray for action on climate change

Catholic Earthcare Australia Media Release: December 3, 2014 Last night Catholic Earthcare Australia joined faith communities in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens to pray for action on climate change. The evening was inspired by the global faith network ourvoices.net, and was part of a series of global prayer vigils coinciding with UN climate talks in Lima, Peru from December 1 – 12. In this solar lantern-lit vigil, diverse communities came together to pray for successful climate negations in Lima. The gathering also […]

Pope Francis and Bishops call for binding global climate agreement

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Inspiration
Pope Francis and Bishops call for binding global climate agreement

As United Nations leaders gathered at the COP20 climate summit in Peru last week, Pope Francis and Catholic Bishops from around the world called for a global climate agreement and an end to the use of fossil fuels. “We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously”, Pope Francis said a written statement to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s minister of the environment and host president of the climate summit. He encouraged the leaders to make the right decisions quickly, as they “affect all […]

Religions for The Earth Conference 2014

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 in Inspiration
Religions for The Earth Conference  2014

In September 2014, Catholic Earthcare Director Jacqui Rémond had the opportunity to attend the Religions for The Earth Conference and the Peoples’ Climate March in New York. She is pictured right (centre) at the Climate March with Karenna Gore and Jackie Huggins. She found the Conference and the March profoundly moving, but also uplifting and inspirational. Jacqui shares a few thoughts about her experience below:   “It was an honour to join 200 Faith Leaders from around the globe including Indigenous Leaders from across multiple […]