Talk to us

CathNews, the most frequently visited Catholic website in Australia, is your daily news service featuring Catholics and Catholicism from home and around the world, Mass on Demand and on line, prayer, meditation, reflections, opinion, and reviews. And, what's more - it's free!

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has registered the plan with the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched its Laudato Si’ Action Plan on World Environment Day, outlining practical responses to Pope Francis’ landmark 2015 encyclical letter. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

When it published the 2021-22 Social Justice Statement Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, the Bishops Conference committed to developing its own plan – believed to be the first episcopal conference in the world to make that pledge.

Soon after, the Conference set up a working group made up of Bishops Conference staff and chaired by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.

“I’m very pleased to announce that we have released our plan and registered it with the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform today,” Bishop Long says in a video message to mark the launch.

“The plan contains actions to care for our common home, the earth, and all who live on it. The Conference’s Secretariat and all our agencies will be busy implementing these actions over the next two years and we’ll be adding new actions for the following five years.

“We hope it will encourage Catholics around Australia to make a commitment to do more to care for our planet and to leave a worthwhile legacy for generations to come.”

Some of the actions include the identification and planting of native species on Conference properties, ensuring slavery-free supply chains, using recyclable products where possible and providing prayer resources aligned with the messages of Laudato Si’.

Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson, who also appears in the video launching the Bishops Conference’s plan, noted that the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia encouraged all Catholics to embrace a commitment to ecological conversion.

“That means that every parish and diocese around Australia will need to be involved in a plan like the one launched today,” she said, noting that Caritas is supporting parishes and dioceses in that work.

Access the plan on the Bishops Conference website.


Bishops Conference launches Laudato Si’ Action Plan (ACBC Media Blog)