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posted Jun 15, 2015, 8:57 PM by Sean Donovan

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Dear Friends

Many of you will know that the greatly anticipated Papal Encyclical on the environment and acting on Climate Change will be released on Thursday 18th June around 8pm Australian time.


Avaaz,, Get Up!, Common Grace, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and a number of other organisations are hosting a Candlelight Vigil to support the Pope's leadership and to point out that our country -- and our Catholic Prime Minister and many of our Government officials -- is out of step with this call to action. We hope that on the road to Paris, our PM and Government leaders can hear the Pope's message and embrace the need for climate change action and a just transition to clean energy here and around the world.


People of all faiths and anyone concerned about climate change - please join us for a Candlelight Vigil in Sydney to pray and support the Pope's call for climate change action: Details below


What:    Candlelight Vigil on the eve of the Pope's climate change encyclical with singing, prayers and speakers, including Father Peter Smith.


When:    Thursday, 18 June, 5 pm for 5:30 start (finishing at 6:30 pm).


Where:   Front steps, St. Mary's Cathedral, St Marys Road, across from Hyde Park, Sydney.


What to bring:   Candles (covered if possible), torches, solar lights and placards with messages focused on Australian action such as....


-Praying for Australian leadership on Climate Change

-Tony Abbott - Please Hear the Pope's Message on Climate Change

-The Pope is calling for Climate Action - Tony Abbott Please Act! 

-Praying for a Safe Climate Future!




The Pope is expected to speak strongly on the need for a global agreement to reduce emissions, to rapidly take up renewable energy and the importance of supporting renewable energy in the developing world to help alleviate global poverty. Pope Francis is also likely to be critical of the greed of extractive industries, and of the overconsumption and waste so prevalent in wealthy societies. He will put far greater moral responsibility on wealthy nations to curb their emissions.


As the leader of over 1.2 billion Catholics (including 24% of Australians) the Pope has moral authority on climate change like no other world leader and his announcement, coming before the Paris COP, is expected to have major impact worldwide. 


Note this is just before the ARRCC event, Exploring Meaning, at Sydney Mechanics School of the Arts that Thursday evening, 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Why not come along to both events?


Thea Ormerod

President, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Level 15, 179 Elizabeth St

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9150 9713

M: 0405 293 466