The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You – On Care for our Common Home
- 16 December 2013
The Colloquiums – Register Now!Come and embrace Pope Francis' appeal to care for our common home and move towards an ecological conversion. Catholic Mission in partnership with Catholic Religious Australia and Catholic Earthcare Australia unpack Pope Francis' new encyclical Laudato Si' through one day Colloquiums to be held across Australia.
The Pope considers the environmental crisis as a critical 'moral challenge of our time' and urgently appeals ''... for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet." (LS 14)
The colloquiums are for family members and parishioners, Church, business and Catholic agency leaders, young people, educators, social service and pastoral care workers, people engaged in health and aged care, those charged with the responsibilities of leadership and governance and all those passionate about broadening their understanding of ecological mission and the challenges of living a Gospel centred ecological vocation.
We invite you to come in groups or as individuals and take on Pope Francis' call to us all to be missionary disciples and "cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents." (LS14)
The Book – Don't Miss Out!In The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home, twelve Australian leaders from various Catholic ministries offer valuable ecological and theological reflections in response to Pope Francis' Encyclical on the environment and creation. Laudato Si' courageously brings to the fore complex and interwoven issues of what is happening to our planet and the reality we face.
He proposes ways of action and a hope-filled vision of integral ecology and the future where there is harmony between humanity, God and creation.
Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue ... that includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all (LS14). The Francis Effect II provides an excellent opportunity to explore issues around the ecological crisis from different perspectives and will help enable you to "cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation" (LS 14) – our common home.
"As we continue on this journey, we realise that Francis is telling us many things all at once, but that the very answers to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth are one in the same. The reflections in this book, in breadth and in depth, help us distil this reality and move towards a life of ecological conversion." Yeb Saño, Leader - The People's Pilgrimage, Spiritual Ambassador of Our Voices and Former Climate Change Commissionaer, Philippines