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Cultivating Care for Our Common Home

posterBeginning in February 2018, Faith & the Common Good will offer a new program, "Cultivating Care for Our Common Home", for Catholic parishes and groups in Toronto who would like to explore and respond more deeply to Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home. Karen Van Loon will join Faith & the Common Good in February to coordinate this program, which will offer interactive presentations, workshops, and collaboration to help lead faith into action for the common good of all creation. 

“The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good…” 

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #201

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Laudato Si’– Pope Francis and the Call to Ecological Conversion: A Reflection

Last month, John Dorner, our team member and volunteer with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, was invited to provide a reflection on the encyclical of Pope Francis entitled Laudato Si’ – On Care of our Common Home. This was for Kitchissippi United Church. Below are some highlights from the reflection. You can read the reflection in its entirety by clicking here.

From John:

prayergraphiclaudatosijpii1 So, what is an encyclical? An encyclical is a letter about a critical issue that is sent to all the Catholic bishops and pastors in the world, and which is posted on the Vatican website so that it is accessible to everyone. This encyclical is different. It is very special in that Pope Francis is actually reaching out to everyone! As he states in the encyclical, “I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation that includes everyone since the environmental changes we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all… Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.”

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