In his most powerful environment-themed address to date, Pope Francis issued a sober challenge during his audience in Rome on June 5. Noting that it is also World Environment Day, Pope Francis said: We are losing the attitude of wonder, contemplation, listening to creation. The implications of living in a horizontal manner [is that] we have moved away from God, we no longer read His signs. Read / hear entire text here. See other statements on care for creation and the poor from Pope Francis here.
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Building on the success of it’s 2012 Feast of St. Francis educational project on climate refugees with Sun Come Up film screenings at over 300 locations nationwide, the Coalition is pleased to announce this year’s theme “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change.” This year’s FOSF program will highlight the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene along with the photographic evidence of melting glaciers as documented by James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. Find out more and register your interest here.
Pope Francis has continued to emphasize the importance of creation care in many of his public statements. During his homily on March 19 he said: Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation! To highlight the on-going emphasis that Pope Francis has placed on creation care, the Coalition has published a new webpage to document the pontiff’s various statements on creation.
As chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton is urging the US Congress’s Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to make a commitment to address this urgent global challenge confronting the human family and to ensure that needed climate legislation both cares for creation and protects “the least of these.” Read the entire letter here.
We are pleased to offer this catalog of the work of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change over this past year. The Coalition shares this good news as a way to demonstrate how widely-accepted the work of the Coalition and its partners has become in the Catholic community (and indeed around the world). Read the Coalition’s Annual Report 2012. To support this work, please donate here.
This year over 20,000 Catholics celebrated the Feast of St. Francis (October 4) at over 300 film screening events nationwide by viewing the documentary film Sun Come Up, an academy award nominated film about climate refugees of the Carteret Islands. Participants at Catholic colleges and universities, parishes, high schools and youth groups in 42 states and the District of Columbia gained a deeper understanding of how climate change is currently impacting people halfway around the world and what can be done about it, like taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Participation is not limited to the Feast of St. Francis. Find out more about these events and how to participate.
In conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change is pleased to sponsor a nation-wide screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Sun Come Up (view trailer) depicting some of the world’s first forced climate migrants, inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The film and accompanying materials demonstrate the important role that the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville has played in resettling some of these refugees and provides a concrete example of responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s, 2010 World Day of Peace Message: Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change . . . Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of ‘environmental refugees’…?
Learn more and download a flier about this project.