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Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world – including her late-night connections with Rome. Ms Remond, based in Sydney, is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant, and the Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. Pope Francis established the ... Read More »

Fijian teenager urges climate action for Oceania in Brisbane-first virtual event

A TEENAGE climate activist from Fiji spoke with a voice that was eloquent and passionate, in a way that could not be ignored. AnnMary Raduva, a 16-year-old Year 11 student at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva, gave an impassioned plea for urgent action on climate change and ecological crises in Oceania. She was sitting with Archbishop Peter Loy Chong ... Read More »

Catholic environmentalist says Australia has failed as God’s caretakers of earth following interim report

Great Barrier Reef

CHURCH representatives have backed calls for stronger environmental protection laws and standards in Australia. Professor Graeme Samuel, recently released an interim report for his review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, saying the act was “ineffective” and “is not fit to address current or future environmental challenges”. “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state ... Read More »

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong sees islanders move to higher ground, visits Brisbane to raise awareness

A LEADER of the bishops of Oceania has given Brisbane Catholics a personal account of the climate threat engulfing Pacific island nations. Oceania Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences president Archbishop Peter Loy Chong spoke of the crisis in a homily at midday Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. He was a guest of the archdiocese for the launch of the ... Read More »

Uniting in stewardship – taking care of our common home with the wisdom of religion and tradition

IT’S been proposed that turning to religious and traditional wisdom could help protect planet Earth, after environmental scientists delivered a “dire” report card on the health of the environment. “The science is clear,” UN Environment acting executive director Joyce Msuya said at the fourth United Nations environmental assembly in Nairobi this month. “The health and prosperity of humanity is directly ... Read More »

Canon lawyer agrees with proposal to include environmental care in canon law

Fr Adrian Farrelly

PLANS to make Catholics legally obligated not only “not to harm” the environment but to improve it has “real merit”, Brisbane canon lawyer Fr Adrian Farrelly said. Fr Farrelly, a judicial vicar for the Queensland Regional Tribunal, said he agreed overall with a proposal from the former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to insert a new canon in ... Read More »

Catholics urged to change mentality as shopping bags head for history’s bin

Erin Kennedy shopping

AS Queenslanders prepare for a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1, Catholics are being urged to think more broadly about giving up harmful, single-use plastic items to protect the environment. “Using plastics is not a respectful use of resources,” Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy, a member of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission, said. “It has such a detrimental ... Read More »

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