March 2017 news from Catholic Earthcare Australia

 

The March eNewsletter from Catholic Earthcare Australia is now available to read here.

 

From National Director, Jacqui Remond:

From l to r: Cardinal Turkson, Jacqui Remond, Christine Figueres at Laudato Si’ and Catholic Investing Conference in Rome – Jan 27 2017

 

It has been a great first quarter of the year for Catholic Earthcare Australia. At the Rome Conference on ‘Laudato Si and Catholic Investing: Clean Energy for our Common Home’  I had the opportunity to publicly thank both Cardinal Peter Turkson and Christiana Figueres (above) for their courageous leadership on climate change (see Chris Lamb’s article from the Tablet here). I was invited to moderate a panel at the Conference – an impressive line up of four world leaders who each provided a succinct and compelling case for investing in our gospel mission on Earth, particularly with regard to making the urgent transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Please consider attending a GCCM Webinar on how to divest from fossil fuels or tune into the recorded webinar at a suitable time for you.

Another highlight this quarter was spending four days at Assisi, Italy with Cardinal Ribat and the Global Catholic Climate Movement strategically planning our global work together. Immersing ourselves in the places where St Francis lived 800 years ago was a truly awesome personal and communal experience. As you might expect it was thoroughly rejuvenating for us all. Memorable experiences included two masses led by Cardinal Ribat – the first surrounded by St Francis’ relics that catalysed a half day retreat inspired by newly crafted Laudato Si’ Beatitudes (stay tuned for a new resource currently being developed). Our closing mass was in the Tomb of St Francis where we raised our voices together in harmonies led by the GCCM Choir…

 

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