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EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL ON 25 APRIL 2015

The Earthquake in Nepal has caused enormous destruction to lives and properties and latest estimates placed over 5,000 deaths and over million or so of people displaced.

TROPICAL CYCLONE IN VANUATU ON 13 MARCH 2015

A powerful Tropical Cyclone “PAM” crossed the islands that comprised the archipelago of VANUATU located in the South Pacific Ocean which is north-east of Australia and north of New Zealand. This has caused several hundreds deaths and thousands of misplaced people from their homes.  CGI, Australia and New Zealand SSVP provided assistance in emergency relief services. ... DONATE NOW

Seventh e-newsletter (June 2015) out now - Click Here

Welcome to our second edition of our e-newsletter for 2015, which is crammed filled with events and updates. 

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Pope’s encyclical calls for new relationship with the earth

Pope Laudato Si resized1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.[1]

2. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.

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NZ Bishops quoted in Pope Francis’ message ...

Pope Francis' much anticipated environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ [Praised Be] quotes the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ statement on the environment published in 2006, and amplifies the cry of the poor and the earth.

“We are humbled to have been quoted [para #95] as Pope Francis echoes our comments that the environment is a collective good and the responsibility of all of us, and that the overconsumption of resources by the rich robs poor nations and future generations of what they need to survive,” said Cardinal John Dew, president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference shortly after the document was released.

“With the theme of ‘care for our common home’, Pope Francis addresses this message to everyone in the world. He describes us as one human family and acknowledges all those who have advocated for addressing these issues and as such have contributed to this body of thought,” said Cardinal John Dew on behalf of the New Zealand Bishops.

“Heard clearly throughout the document is a call to all those who live on this planet to heed these words,” said Cardinal John

“Emphasising urgency throughout, he describes the environmental issues evident throughout the globe as today’s reality not a problem for tomorrow and calls for bold solutions that are mindful of what will be left for future generations,” he said.

“It is a consistent message about life - the whole planet and all that inhabits the earth, stating that all things within our common home are interrelated including the most fragile ecosystems, creatures and human beings as well as children eliminated because they are unwanted or inconvenient.

“True to his style - hope is a theme throughout, reminding us that all is not lost for humanity is capable of transformation and creating the necessary solutions to these challenges.”

“The Bishops look forward to studying and reflecting on the message and engaging in dialogue with politicians, our own parishes and schools, and the wider community. We invite everyone to read these words.”

The encyclical contains two prayers: one for Christian believers and one for all those who believe in a God who is creator.

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