Parishes Respond to Laudato Si’

Bishop Alan Williams in Brentwood Cathedral

Bishop Alan Williams in Brentwood Cathedral

Following the release of Laudato Si’, parishes and schools have been reflecting on what it means for their own lives. We have been hearing about the ways people have been taking action.

Living simply

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message to care for our common home, Bishop Alan Williams has encouraged parishes in the Brentwood diocese to apply for CAFOD’s livesimply award scheme. He stated, “The livesimply award is a practical way to respond to the papal imperative at parish level”.

Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD Campaigns Outreach Coordinator, has welcomed this statement from the bishop, explaining, “CAFOD created the livesimply award scheme to enable Catholic parishes to go further in three areas – living more sustainably, living more simply and living in solidarity with the poor. Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Laudato Si’ inspires us to reflect on how we can care for creation”.

Read more about how your parish can apply for a livesimply award

Listen to Stephen Matthews from East Anglia diocese  talk about livesimply in a BBC radio interview.

Petition to Prime Minister

Thank you to the thousands of people who have already added their signature to our climate petition to David Cameron. This petition was inspired by Pope Francis’ seminal encyclical on the environment and the negative impact our current systems are having on the most vulnerable people.

2015 is a critical year, with international talks in July, September and December. Add your name to those who have already taken action. We are calling on David Cameron to show leadership nationally and internationally so that agreements on tackling climate change and poverty are fair and ambitious.

Inspiring actions

Since we launched the One Climate, One World campaign last year, we have been so excited to hear from the thousands of you taking action in your own lives.

Pupils nationwide have been joining CAFOD’s One Climate, One World campaign and pledging to change something in their lives to tackle climate change. The commitment of St John Fisher and Thomas More High School in Colne so impressed local MP, Andrew Stephenson, that he told the Prime Minister about them in the House of Commons.

And people from five churches in Bedfordshire have been undertaking a ‘climate change pilgrimage’. The parishioners walked fifty miles from one church to another through the scenic countryside to reflect on the beauty of Creation and the damage we are causing to it – both at home and for our sisters and brothers overseas.

Inspired? Find out ways you can play your part in caring for creation.

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