Parishes bannerIn Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on all Catholic institutions to care for our common home, with a particular focus on environmental education. He says:

All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education. It is my hope that our seminaries and houses of formation will provide an education in responsible simplicity of life, in grateful contemplation of God’s world, and in concern for the needs of the poor and the protection of the environment. Because the stakes are so high, we need institutions empowered to impose penalties for damage inflicted on the environment. But we also need the personal qualities of self-control and willingness to learn from one another. (214)

Here at Catholic Earthcare we have developed many educational resources to help parishes and Catholic institutions care for creation. We can also suggest some actions that can be taken at a local and a global level.

Resources

  • Laudato Si’ – An urgent appeal for action: This short film  features a number of Catholic leaders offering a unique Australian perspective on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Laudato Si’.
  • The Francis Effect II: This is the first comprehensive response to Laudato Si’ published in Australia, and it offers an exclusive insight into the Encyclical from the perspective of Catholic leaders across the country.
  • Australian Reading Guide to Laudato Si’: The group reading guide offers an accessible way to take up the challenges and opportunities raised by Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Laudato Si’.
  • The National Energy Efficiency Network: Our National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) provides parishes with free information, inspiration and support to become more energy efficient and take charge of their energy future.
  • The Garden Planet: This video resource invites us all to take up the call for ecological conversion.
  • Sunday Gospel Reflections: Catholic Earthcare Australia is delighted to offer weekly Gospel reflections inclusive of an integral ecology, written by Sr Veronica Lawson (rsm).
  • Quotes from Pope Francis: Some inspiration from Pope Francis – messages about caring for our common home.

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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.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

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.