New Catholic Climate Movement Launched!

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has been officially launched this week (January 14th).

The movement is an international coalition of Catholics from many nations, continents, and walks of life; laity, religious, and clergy, theologians, scientists, and activists from Argentina, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia, the United States. The coalition is inspired by Church teachings and guided by the virtue of prudence—understood by St. Thomas Aquinas as “right reason applied to action.”

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has put out a statement that will be presented to Pope Francis by Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, during the Holy Father’s visit to the Phillipines, January 15th – 18th.

A member of GCCM and author of , Mr. William Patenaude, says the movement is the work of the Holy Spirit, “I am blessed to be a founding member of the group. I’ve made some wonderful new friends (like Dr. Pablo Canziani of Argentina, whom I interviewed last week). And I got to watch the Holy Spirit in action. What beside grace can bring together so quickly and effectively a group of strangers that carve out time every week to build relationships and consensus? Certainly Skype helped. But the unifying presence of Christ made all the difference.”

CYNESA is a member of this new coalition and looks forward to help grow the movement and to share perspectives of accompanying communities and young people in Africa affected by climate change.

Other members of the GCCM include: Catholic Earthcare Australia; Franciscan Action Network (USA); Acción Católica Argentina (Argentina); Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry (Philippines); Franciscans International; Jesuit European Social Centre (Europe); Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (USA); EcoJesuit (Asia/Europe); Reconciliation with Creation, Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (Asia); (USA); Ciara Shannon, Our Voices (China); Jeffry Odell Korgen, Our Voices and GreenFaith (USA); Dan Misleh, Catholic Climate Covenant (USA); Dr. Pablo Canziani, miembro Red Argentina de Laicos, referente Acción Católica Argentina, Investigador Principal Conicet (Argentina); Dr. Tobias Winright, Saint Louis University (USA); Dr. Celia Deane Drummond, University of Notre Dame (USA); Dr. Charles Camosy, Fordham University (USA); Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman, Providence College (USA); John Berkman, Regis College, University of Toronto (USA); Dr. Erin Lothes, College of Saint Elizabeth (USA); Lindo Lío (Argentina); Columban Missionary Society, Philippine Region (Philippines); Leadership Conference of Women Religious (USA); Catholic Rural Life (USA); Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Leadership Team (USA); EDiPA Equipo Diocesano de Pastoral Ambiental, Obispado de San Isidro (Argentina); English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor; Catholic Charities (USA).


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