Australian working on Vatican's COVID-19 response

Jacqui Remond (The Catholic Leader)

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. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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 commission in March to confront the challenges the world was facing through the pandemic and would face after it.

Ms Remond was invited to be one of the co-ordinators of an ecology taskforce within one of the commission’s five working groups.

When the commission was launched in March, the Vatican said the goal of the commission, led by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, was “to express the Church’s concern and love for the entire human family in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The group Ms Remond works within is focused on research and the study of the pandemic, and reflecting on society and the world post-coronavirus in co-ordination with the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Ms Remond said her working group “has a purpose around analysis to orientate decision-making and to support design of new systems”.

“It’s that whole strategy about reorienting our human systems so that they’re more in line with the natural ecosystems of the world, and serving people and planet,” she said.


Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team (By Peter Bugden, The Catholic Leader

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