Yes! I will write a note to my local Priest or Catholic community!


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  • signed 2015-08-04 15:22:46 +1000
    We need more leadership in Australia on this issue. As the body of Christ our voice can have a big impact, we need to use it.
  • signed 2015-06-23 12:13:29 +1000
    We are the body of Christ, we are unity of love, we stand together and encourage one another.
  • signed 2015-06-22 22:34:23 +1000
    From a religious perspective I have an interest in Ecotheology and as a student I’m interested in environmental psychology.
  • signed 2015-06-22 19:39:21 +1000
  • signed 2015-06-22 16:45:46 +1000
  • signed 2015-06-21 21:29:10 +1000
    Because we are in End Times & Many of the current you get generation are so infiltrated & exploited by the Power of Social Media.

    We Pray our Youthwill be open to receive The Power of The Holy Spirit.

    In JESUS Mighty name We Pray
  • signed 2015-06-21 21:15:31 +1000
    I’m writing to our local Anglican priest because everybody must know the seriousness climate change and follow the Pope’s call to take action
  • signed 2015-06-21 20:48:23 +1000
    I’m three quarters through reading the Encyclical and am amazed by the content – now for us to take the words to heart and act on them! Contacting my local Priest will be a great way to start a conversation that will hopefully lead to collaborative efforts to seek greater change at a local level :-)
  • signed 2015-06-21 17:06:53 +1000
    God so loved this exquisitely beautiful world – all people of faith are called to do likewise. Pope Francis’ Encyclical is a call to all of us to unite in the fight to save our only home.
  • signed 2015-06-20 21:29:55 +1000
    I love the world that God made and it refreshes my body and spirit to be amongst healthy and beautiful places, trees and water, air and sky but it breaks my heart to see it damaged, broken, ugly. I long for my children to keep enjoying it and I long for justice for the poor of the world who are dealing daily with the challenges of surviving in a broken world.
  • signed 2015-06-20 21:22:21 +1000
    I am focussed on sustainability and climate change in particular. As a member of ARRCC (amongst other things) I am reaching out to people of faith and their leaders in my local area, aiming to grow the leadership, example and practice that can come from them.
  • signed 2015-06-20 21:00:35 +1000
    I am encouraged and feel refreshed by reading the Pope’s words. I am looking forward to drawing my local Priest’s attention to it.
  • signed 2015-06-20 20:45:40 +1000
    I want the moral leaders of Australian communities to highlight the issues of the Pope’s Encyclical to the Catholic community as wider Australia also comes on board to acknowledge science and callout destructive, unrepresentative government.

    Beyond my concerns for the wider world, I have heightened concern due to the interest in my own 4yo son’s future – he may see the last decade of this century and I want a liveable world for him.
  • signed 2015-06-20 20:08:05 +1000
    While I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am a Anglo Catholic and I certainly agree with the moral stewardship and care of God’s Earth. What will we leave for future generations, if we don’t act NOW
  • signed 2015-06-20 18:23:27 +1000
    climate change is important as is our windpower
  • signed 2015-06-20 13:49:56 +1000
    I am concerned about climate change and our continued use of fossil fuel.
  • signed 2015-06-20 13:37:46 +1000
    Because, as Christians, we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation.
  • signed 2015-06-20 13:22:52 +1000
    We have been that busy applying extraordinary fossil power we have only just looked up to see its effect and its not pretty. Burning 33bln fossil tonnes a year is filthy, full of heavy contaminants. The planet is overwhelmed by waste on all fronts, the oceans full of plastic, seabird populations plummeting, remote Tasmanian beaches wrapped in plastic.
  • signed 2015-06-20 12:11:41 +1000
    We need Christians to lead on caring for the earth… we should be more committed to the care of God’s creation than anyone! I’m grateful for the Catholic church leading the way!
  • published this page in Climate Change 2015-06-19 23:14:48 +1000

We're All In!

As a Common Grace community, we welcome Pope Francis’s call to care for God’s earth. Whether we come from the Catholic tradition or not, we celebrate his Christian leadership on this most critical justice issue of our time.

To support our Catholic brothers and sisters, and in witness to our unity as the body of Christ in Australia, would you take the time to encourage your local Catholic community?

You will need:

1. To find your local Catholic community: Use this website - the search tool on the right hand side of the page (Search by Location) and enter your postcode. The name of your local Priest will appear.

2. To choose a card or some nice paper to write on. We've prepared a downloadable card that you can print and write a personal message on, or just write your own hand written letter or card. PDF in black & white is here. PDF in colour is here.

3. Get writing! for those who feel a little daunted by what to write, here’s some tips and a sample letter suggestion from Byron and Bill on our Climate Justice team.

4. Get walking - drop your letter into your local community over this weekend to highlight your enthusiasm for the Pope's Encyclical!

Let us know if you’re in by signing on the right!

You can find out more about the Encyclical below.

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Want to read the Encyclical for yourself? Have a look here.

Want to get more of an overview on what is an Encyclical and what it says? Have a look at Catholic Earthcare's Resources here.

The Encyclical ends with a moving prayer written by the Pope - you can find it in full form below.

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.