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are proposed. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values” (LS 146).

Ecological commitment and commitment to the good of humanity, above all the poor, are held together in one vision. Political and personal action

Pope Francis prophetically engages political leaders in dialogue, asking them to accept responsibility for protecting the environment and calling them to support international agreements aimed at lifting people out of poverty, limiting carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity. But in Chapter Five he also points to the fundamental importance of “Civic and Political Love” (LS 228-232) at other levels, including the indispensable role of ecological education in our families and schools. He insists on the importance of embracing ways of acting, “such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only

what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or carpooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights…” (LS 211). Like Pope John Paul II before him, Pope Francis calls us all to an ongoing ecological conversion, to a spirituality of love and respect for other animals, and their habitats, for the land, the seas, the rivers, in the one community of life on earth. All of this is celebrated on our Sundays, in the Sabbath rest, and in the Eucharist that embraces all creation, and is a source of light and motivation for our commitment to our common home and all its creatures.

THE FRANCIS EFFECT II: PRAISED BE YOU – ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

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The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

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