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Re-Visioning our Church

2021PCWeb150As our church gathers for the Plenary Council we offer you a reflection from Fr Anthony Scerri OCarm, called ‘The Third Apostolic Church’. Fr Anthony traces the development of the Church from Apostolic times, through medieval times to the modern era. Influenced by the teaching of Pope Francis, Anthony talks about what needs to be let go of and what needs to be retained as the Church faces the challenges of the present and the future.

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Ecological Conversion

“Ecological Conversion” is a small book of 37 brief reflections written by Carmelite, Eduardo Agosta Scarel, and published by the Carmelite NGO at the UN. It offers some reflections to encourage us to take an active care for the environment, the earth, our common home.

The reflections start from the contribution of science, some key texts of the Bible, and the “ecological” theology present in the teachings of the recent popes of the Church, from Paul VI to Francis.

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Indonesian Papuans call on all Christians to recognize their plight

Papuans in Indonesia have called on Christians around the world, including Pope Francis, to include human rights abuses on their land in their Advent prayer intentions to “show humanitarian solidarity" with them.

The call was made on Dec. 8 as Papuans marked the shooting deaths of five Catholic students in Papua’s Paniai district five years ago. The crime remains unsolved despite President Joko Widodo vowing to bring those responsible to justice.

Remembering East Timor's Vote for Independence 1999

“I was 24 years old in 1999. I was a Carmelite student, studying in Flores, Indonesia. Our Carmelite leaders in Indonesia gave ten of us East Timorese students permission to take leave from our studies and return to Timor to participate in the popular consultation.

I forget the exact date we left Flores. It was about one week before the vote on 30th August. It took one day and one night on the ferry. In the past when we travelled on an Indonesian ferry, we were free to move around, to go outside and have a look around. But at that time the ten of us stuck together. We didn’t move. We ate together and sat together. It was tense.

The State of the Earth's Climate

EScarelWeb150Renowned Carmelite climate scientist, Fr Eduardo Scarel, looks at the state of the earth's climate over the last 4 years - the 4 warmest ever recorded. He explains the causes of global warming and the results on temperatures, extreme weather events, ice shrinkage and the rise of CO2 emissions.

"The next few years are crucial", he says. "We are the last generation that could and should act to avoid crossing crucial turning points and avoid irreversible damage to our common home, the earth, the abode of humanity and the rest of God's creatures."

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Carmelite NGO wins accreditation to UN Environment Program

The Carmelite NGO has been given accreditation to the UN Environment Program and observer status at its Assembly. This provides the Carmelite NGO with the opportunity to participate in the Regional Consultation meetings and in the preparation of the Regional Civil Society Statements. The Carmelite NGO is now able to submit written documents and participate in public meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Accreditation provides non-governmental organizations with observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies and brings many advantages to the Carmelite NGO with respect to participation in the work of UN Environment’s Governing Bodies, such as the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Our History, Our Story, Our Future

In every nation’s story there are important moments—events and crossroads—that shape the chapters to come.

For all Australians this ancient land connects the stories of our past, our present and our future.

The Crocodile and the Kangaroo

'The Crocodile and the Kangaroo' is the story of the relationship between Timor-Leste and Australia written by Br Agedo Bento, OCarm. The story is told by the Crocodile (national symbol of Timor-Leste) and the Kangaroo (national symbol of Australia). It focusses on the negotiations between Timor-Leste and Australia over a just share of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

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We will not remain silently complicit ...

We will not remain silently complicit in the destruction of our common home. We urge our Carmelite Family to join us in a commitment to study, prayer and the performance of very simple gestures that will contribute to substantive change in our lifestyles. The culture of indifference is one of the key challenges within our communities and societies. Blessed Titus Brandsma, along with many other Carmelite saints, reminds us “We are not called to do great things. We are called to do the ordinary things in grand style.”

Read the final message of the International Carmelite JPIC Congress

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Indigenous leaders from across the country gathered from 23-26 May this year to discuss constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This First Nations Convention was the culmination of 12 regional dialogues held across the country.

You can pdf read the full statement from the Convention.

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pdf The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor
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Exploring the connection between the Carmelite vocation and work for Justice and Peace


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