The 2016 Christmas newsletter from Catholic Earthcare Australia is now available to read here.
Christmas message from the newsletter:
Dear Earthcare Friends,
As 2016 draws to a close we wish to share with you the address from Pope Francis to the gathering of Scientists at the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Science on 28th November 2016. For us it captures the sense of hope that we are called to hold as Christians, especially during Advent, as we prepare for the birthing of Christ. We have so much for which to be thankful, especially the leadership of Pope Francis for our world today.
In preparation for 2017 we encourage you to read Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message 2017. Of special interest is the announcement of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development which will begin its work on the 1st of January, 2017.
It has been inspiring to work alongside you this year, creating space for dialogue and new action to emerge from the insights and wisdom in Laudato Si’. Engaging with the diversity and unique beauty in each of the diocese of the Australian Church continues to bring joy, light and peace. Reaching out to world leaders with our interfaith friends from across the globe and giving voice to the need to redirect funding to protect the common good of our atmosphere was a particular highlight this past month at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. See our Interfaith Statement here.
We trust that together with friends and family you will share a Christ filled Christmas season ahead. We hope that you take some time to feel the awesomeness of the birthing of story that is all around us this Christmas and that you begin 2017 with an even stronger commitment to love life in every form in 2017.
Thank you for all the wonderful work that you have contributed this year to help flourish God’s amazing Creation on Earth. We would like to acknowledge our sincere gratitude for the work of our gifted and generous volunteers and friends across Australia in 2016.
Laudato Si’ and Happy Christmas to all,
Catholic Earthcare Australia