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Young man’s faith motivates him to challenge coal mine on grounds it infringes on future generations’ rights

TEENAGE Brisbane Christian Oscar Delaney is among a group of young people taking on billionaire businessman Clive Palmer in court over a new coal mine in Queensland. Mr Delaney, 18, is part of a group of 25 young Queenslanders called Youth Verdict which is taking legal action against the project planned for the state’s Galilee Basin by Mr Palmer’s company ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics hear the message on global challenge

A GROUP of Brisbane Catholics joined a Vatican official to launch a year dedicated to “ecological conversion in action”. The Global Catholic Climate Movement hosted the Zoom event on World Environment Day recently to launch the Special Year of Laudato Si’ in Oceania. People from throughout Oceania participated in group discussions after hearing Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam, of the Vatican’s Dicastery ... Read More »

Climate scientists say horror fire seasons set to become the Australian norm

CLIMATE scientists have told the bushfire royal commission that tinderbox conditions that allowed the catastrophic 2019-20 fire season are set to become the Australian norm. The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, chaired by retired Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, started two-weeks of hearings in Canberra on May 25 examining the Black Summer bushfires that killed 33 people, destroyed ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

Upcoming Brisbane forum invites local parishes to discuss ways of Living Laudato Si’ in practice

AGAINST the backdrop of a summer of unprecedented bushfires across Australia, Brisbane Catholics are preparing for a forum on the Church response to the broad range of today’s environmental and social justice issues in the light of faith. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Stafford, is hosting the forum – Care for Our Common World: Living Laudato Si’ … Think ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

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TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris criticised both extreme left and extreme right political narratives for misleading the public from finding a reasoned and nuanced understanding of the costs and effects of climate change. Bishop Harris said this reasoned and nuanced understanding was essential to enacting our “God-given” responsibility to care for creation. He said both the hard-left and hard-right stifled the ... Read More »

Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins climate of action over bushfire devastation

AUSTRALIA’S Prime Minister has signalled a government shift to take stronger action on climate change, amidst a Church leader’s call for an “ecological conversion”, and the country’s scientific and business communities demanding a solid response to the bushfire crisis. The chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Social Justice Bishop Vincent Long said the bushfire crisis wais “a wake-up ... Read More »

Brisbane and Suva Archbishops say Oceania ‘on front line of climate change’ in joint statement

ON a day of global climate strikes by students, two of Oceania’s most influential Church leaders delivered an urgent environmental call to action. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Suva Archbishop Peter Loy Chong described Oceania as being “on the frontline of climate change”. “Elsewhere it may seem a matter of scientific debate or a distant prospect but, for the peoples ... Read More »

Climate strikers take to the streets around the world

STUDENTS mingled with grandparents, mothers with strollers, and workers in Hi-Vis vests. In 115 cities and towns across Australia, and across the globe to United Nations headquarters in New York, millions rallied under the broad banner of “School Strike for Climate” on September 20 to confront the climate crisis and press for change. They represented all ages and all walks ... Read More »

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