Eight years ago this year, Pope Francis published his encyclical Laudato si’, on caring for our common home. It was a call to conversion, to see human life and the life of the earth as intimately connected.

Since then, faithful Catholics have taken up the Pope’s call in a variety of practical ways, including in many parishes across our Archdiocese. To mark Laudato si’ Week, we take a look at what several parishes are doing, and at the ways Catholic Earthcare Australia is helping Catholic parishes, schools and agencies to implement the Laudatio si’ goals.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently released a statement on the upcoming referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, in which they encouraged Catholics to read and discuss the Uluru Statement from the Heart, observing that this is ‘a moment to use our democratic institutions to produce a high-quality debate shaped by a genuine concern to do justice and bring healing to First Nations Peoples’.

Last week, the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria officially launched this year’s Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the Priests Support and Education Fund—a great initiative that has been supporting Melbourne’s priests for 25 years.

The Week of Global Prayer for China begins this Sunday. This lay-led initiative is an opportunity to focus on the challenges faced by our Christian brothers and sisters in China and to uphold them in prayer.

We also visit Lithuania as we continue our series on ‘Our Lady around the world’, and reflect on what St Paul’s famous ‘hymn to love’ might teach us about how to engage with media in more loving and life-giving ways.

Laudato si’ week reminds us to care for our common home
In Australia, the Catholic Church will celebrate Laudato si’ Week this year from 16 to 24 May with the theme ‘Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity’. A range of local, national and international initiatives are challenging us to live hopefully and respond creatively to Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.
Bishops issue statement on Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Written by: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
As a vote on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament nears, Australia’s bishops have encouraged Catholics to read and discuss the Uluru Statement from the Heart—the document from which the Voice proposal emerged.
Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria launch the 2023 Archbishop’s Dinner
On Wednesday 10 May, at Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton, the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria held the official launch of their annual Archbishop’s Dinner in support of the KSC Priests Support and Education Fund. Travel bursaries were presented to two seminarians, and a warm invitation extended to the Catholic faithful throughout Victoria to attend the Archbishop’s Dinner in September.
Catholics urged to join Week of Global Prayer for China
Sunday 21 May marks the beginning of the third annual Week of Global Prayer for China. This week-long prayer initiative was created in 2021 by a coalition of lay Catholics from around the world, who joined together in response to a global call from Cardinal Charles Bo SDB to pray for the Church and people of China.
Our Lady around the World (Part 7): Lithuania
In this week’s instalment of ‘Our Lady around the World’, we visit Lithuania, the site of an apparition that might be one of the only apparitions to occur with a message for a predominantly non-Catholic population. Our Lady of Šiluva is referred to as ‘Lithuania’s greatest treasure’. We find out why.
‘To love (and communicate) well’: examining our media habits
The words of St Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 challenge us to love as God loves. They might also prompt us to examine our media habits, helping us to remember, with Pope Francis and St Francis de Sales, that ‘In order to speak well, it is enough to love well.’

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‘I always get so excited ... because it’s amazing to see what an extraordinary range of things are happening across so many different parishes.’
Kerry Stone, national coordinator for Catholic Earthcare parishes
on the ideas shared by Earthcare parishes at their quarterly online gatherings
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Engaging Your Faith: An introduction to AI and transhumanism … for Christians with Rev Dr Christopher Mulherin
Tuesday 23 May 2023
7.00pm–8.30pm
‘Young people today can expect to live forever, but AI will run the world.’ At least that is the view of some techno-optimists. This session is a brief introduction to artificial intelligence, including ChatGPT, and transhumanism, in which we will reflect on how Christians might think about future developments. Engaging...
Engaging Your Faith: Mystic wisdom for a world on the brink with Dr Christopher Knauf
Monday 22 May 2023
7.30pm–9.00pm
In the 1960s, theologian Karl Rahner predicted ‘the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not be a Christian anymore.’ Rahner’s future is our present, and what a polarised and fractured present it is! In this session we seek to de-mystify Christian mysticism by considering the implications...
Engaging Your Faith: Developing a ‘gift for searching’ with Dr Rina Madden
Wednesday 24 May 2023
7.00pm–9.00pm
This session will examine conditions needed for opening up soul-deep questions and uncover the changing role of religious dialogue in a post-Christian society. Engaging Your Faith is a series of short online presentations that invite participants to reflect on what it means to be people of faith in the contemporary...
Engaging Your Faith: Interfaith relations: enhancing connections with other faiths with Rev Assoc Prof John Dupuche
Thursday 25 May 2023
7.30pm–9.00pm
How do we discover what is true and holy in other religions? How can we work together to bring peace and reconciliation to a troubled world? This session will show some possibilities. Engaging Your Faith is a series of short online presentations that invite participants to reflect on what it...
Understanding Divine Mercy with Fr Chris Alar MIC
Friday 2 June 2023
7.00pm–9.30pm
Mentored by the world’s leading experts in Divine Mercy and author of the bestselling books Understanding Divine Mercy and After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You, Fr Chris Alar MIC is a former wrestler and engineer with a Master’s in Business Administration, and the current Provincial Superior of...
‘Awaken’: Pentecost 2023
Saturday 27 May 2023
1.00pm–4.30pm
Celebrate Pentecost at this regional gathering of our Church, drawing close to the presence and power of God. There will be worship, prayer, talks and workshops, with special guest Rob Falzon from MenALIVE (Brisbane) Schedule: 12.30pm: doors open1pm: rally2pm: workshops and afternoon tea3.15pm: closing rally Free entry, but registration is...
St Patrick’s Cathedral concert: celebrity organ recital featuring Colin Andrews
Friday 2 June 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
International recipient of many awards, and with a distinguished performing career globally, British organist Colin Andrews will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral to present a virtuosic program spanning the centuries, employing the full resources of the Cathedral organ. A specialist in the music of Messiaen, Andrews is only one of four...
Catholic Earthcare: Laudato si’ Week online event
Wednesday 17 May 2023
4.00pm–6.00pm
This year to celebrate Laudato si’ Week, Catholic Earthcare is hosting an online ‘action’ event. The theme for Laudato si’ Week this year is ‘Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity’. And what better way to have hope and give hope than through action. In 2 hours, participants will engage...
Nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians
Saturday 27 May 2023
2.00pm–4.00pm
Join parishes across the archdiocese in a nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia. Our Lady has been a protector of the poor and oppressed. In the early days of the Australian colonies, her powerful protection was invoked by praying the Rosary for the preservation of...

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