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Preface

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ appeals urgently for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet…which includes everyone” (LS 14). It is particularly directed to those in the minority world who pollute and consume much of its resources, believers and non-believers. The Church in Australia has great capacity to respond and act to protect our Common Home. It will need to be “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” (EG 49) to achieve a global ecological conversion, to heal damage done and build “a harmony between the Creator, humanity and creation”. (LS 66) To this end and in support of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ invitation to the Australian community to address the challenges and opportunities in Laudato Si’, Catholic Mission, Catholic Religious Australia and Catholic Earthcare Australia have partnered to publish the second book in The Francis Effect series: The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You – On Care for our Common Home. The twelve chapters of this book are written from the individual perspectives of the authors. They are experts and practitioners in their respective fields and offer wisdom and practical insight into how we might take up Pope Francis’ challenge to become the generation of “humanity at the dawn of the twentyfirst century … remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities” (LS 165). Within these pages are inspiration and practical ideas for caring for our Common Home, for family members and parishioners, Church, business and Catholic agency leaders, young people, Catholic educators, social service 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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