THIS YEAR, FOR THE NINE DAYS BETWEEN ASCENSION AND PENTECOST, THE BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES IS INVITING CATHOLICS TO PRAY A NOVENA ON THE THEME OF CARE OF CREATION. THIS OFFERING OF PRAYERS AND READINGS IS PART OF THE GOD WHO SPEAKS INITIATIVE. SEE MORE
Please visit our page on the Environment.
The Earth is in Crisis
The climate is changing at an alarming rate affecting the lives of the poorest who are the most vulnerable to it. And we are likely to be affected too. Pope Francis calls this an ‘ecological crisis.’ He reminds us that creation is a gift from God. We have a common responsibility to care for our common home of which we are all part. We have the knowledge and technology to repair the damage, yet because of the way we live our lives we choose not to and this is adversely affecting our planet.
Change of Heart
Let’s begin with the heart because if we care about something we will do something about it. Faith contributes to how we feel and provides us with our own personal framework. Lockdown has shown that nature is good for us, and nurtures our mental wellbeing as well as our souls. Now is a time to reconnect with what we value when we see the consequences of our actions on the environment. We pray for the grace of a true conversion of heart. Look at the goodness and beauty of creation, reflect and allow yourself to change in a positive way.
So what they all need is an “ecological conversion,” whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 217
Call to Action
We are looking to form a team of people who would like to put their faith into action. The Livesimply award from CAFOD is awarded to communities that can demonstrate they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably. The Livesimply award is the first step in our ‘ecological conversion.’ Each and every one of us can help to repair the damage to our planet by making small changes. When these are added together we can make a difference. Not only will we be living life more fully but also inspiring others by making visible the results of our actions. The Holy Spirit can motivate us to act.
If you are interested please email us: email@example.com and put Environment as the subject header.
All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.Pope Francis Laudato Si’ 14
CAFOD has a range of documents ablout Livesimply that you can download from its website:
We cannot fix the situation ourselves but the Lord can. We need to trust in God and have Christian hope. Without this, some may claim that our desire for a good future is not only difficult to achieve but impossible.
There is a new spirituality in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has connected everything for us in Laudato Si.’ We give thanks for the organisation of the Church, which already provides us with a structure, enabling us to get on and do things. This is the place where some might say, you will find others to change the world with.
Laudato Si’ Week 16th to 25th May 2021
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ week. See more
Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future
This book is by Pope Francis and sets out a contemporary discipleship that helps us understand God’s closeness to the earth and the poor. It is based on the Pope’s remarkable Encyclical letter called Laudato Si’ (meaning ‘praise be to you’) and is the most published papal document.
Dr Austen Ivereigh assisted the Pope with his book and has written two others about the Pope. He gave a presentation on 30th January 2021, which you can watch on: www.whatgoodnews.org
The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resourcesThe Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
The CBCEW established the Environment Advisory Group (EAG) with Rt Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford as the lead. Its purpose is to make a practical response to Laudato Si’. Each diocese is preparing its own environmental policy in place. Fr Dominic Howarth, is leading an Environmental Policy Group for the Diocese of Brentwood.
For more information visit: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/
In January this year CAFOD launched its campaign called ‘Reclaim our common home,’ in relation to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter called Fratelli Tutti, based on fraternity and social friendship. Building a better post pandemic society is the challenge ahead. CAFOD believes that transformation is possible but it requires action. And there are two key issues:
Cancel the debt, fund vaccines and save lives
According to CAFOD up to 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty because of Covid-19. Demand for debt repayments from some of the poorest countries across the world continue to be made by large banks and speculators. See more
Climate change remains a huge threat to poverty. CAFOD is campaigning for a reduction in fossil fuels. See more
Pivotal Year 2021
The G7 Summit, an annual meeting of the leaders of the world’s richest countries is meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall between 11th and 13th June, hosted by the Government. Problems facing the world will be discussed including climate change and the environment and international development. You can find out more here
The 26th annual UN ‘conference of parties’ is taking place in Glasgow between 1st and 12th November. As the host nation, the UK will hold the COP presidency. Governments are required to improve their goals for ceasing their contributions towards climate change under the Paris Agreement. See more