The Blessing of Mercy A4 PRESS RELEASE 14.9.2015.inddThe Blessing of Mercy – Biblical Perspectives and Ecological Challenges is a new book by Veronica Lawson, a Religious Sister of Mercy and one of Australia’s leading Catholic biblical scholars. It was released for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begun on December 8, 2015.

Sr Veronica has produced this book as a gift to the Church to help us prepare for and celebrate the Year of Mercy. She combines deep scholarship to uncover the richness of the ‘mercy texts’ that abound in the books of Old and New Testaments, and she invites us to re-read the biblical texts in light of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ with its appeal for us to listen to the cry of the Earth and the Earth’s poor.

“Pope Francis has identified divine mercy as a key to our renewal as the church of Jesus in the twenty- first century, and this requires of us an immersion in the Scriptures on this issue. I know of no better way to engage with the biblical revelation of mercy than through a reflective reading of  The Blessing of Mercy.”

Denis Edwards Professorial Fellow, Faculty of  Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University

This book is available for purchase from Christian bookshops or online at also offer weekly Sunday Gospel Reflections from Sr Veronica Lawson on our website

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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