Let The Many Coastlines Be Glad

On World Ocean Day, the 8th of June 2004, the Catholic Bishops of Queensland released this Pastoral Letter about the Great Barrier Reef.

“As the Catholic Bishops of Queensland, we have written this Letter to emphasise our shared ecological responsibility for one of our greatest natural treasures, the Great Barrier Reef. Care for the environment and a keener ecological awareness have become key moral issues for the Christian conscience.”

At Catholic Earthcare, we have used this Pastoral Letter to create this downloadable resource ‘Let The Many Coastlines Be Glad! A Pastoral Letter on the Great Barrier Reef’.


Let The Many Coastlines Be Glad! A Pastoral Letter on the Great Barrier Reef (PDF)

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.