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Laudato Si’ Week 17 - 24 May

Get ready! Respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’, his encyclical on the care of our common home - visit the Laudato Si’ website. Join in our pdf Novena of Creation 16-24 May (1.01 MB) and in prayer at noon on Sunday 24 May. Download the Prayer here. Learn more about Laudato Si’ and the challenges facing our planet and its people. 

The Rising Seas - where do we find hope?

Our oceans are on the rise. In Polar Regions climate change explodes glaciers. In all parts of the earth, as temperatures soar, oceans get hotter and expand. Global sea levels have gone up and up over the last century especially in recent decades. In 2018 global mean sea level was 8.1 centimetres above the 1993 average – the highest annual average on record. This has profound effects all over the world as 8 out of 10 of the world’s largest cities are near a coast. What can be done to fight land loss? This is part 1 of a 2 part series from the Carmelite NGO. Part 1 explores the effects in Louisiana. Part 2 (to be published in June) will look at what is happening in Indonesia.

Celebrate Laudato Si' Week 16-24 May

"I would like to invite you to participate in Laudato Si' Week from 16-24 May," Pope Francis said in his video message. We’re living through history-shaping events. Laudato Si’ teaches us how to build a better world–together. People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way. For Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May, Catholics are uniting in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future.

Stand united with our brothers and sisters in faith as we grow through the crisis of this moment to build a better tomorrow. Read more about how to participate & watch the video.

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.

Download free from the Apple Store | Download pdf PDF version (3.88 MB)

The Pope Video [January 2020]

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
- Pope Francis

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.

Thank you.

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the 53rd World Day of Peace

Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion

Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”.[1] Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.



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.

Making it Real in the Digital World

2019MIRMaking it real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world is the Australian Bishops Social Justice Statement for 2019. The Bishops invite us to reflect on how the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, learn and do business, and how we can contribute towards a more just and loving digital world.

People of all generations hunger for friendship and genuine human encounter because we are made for community. In this Social Justice Statement, the Australian Bishops invite you to reflect on how the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, learn, and do business – and how we can contribute towards a more just and loving digital world.

  pdf Read Making it Real (2.57 MB)

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:25). God’s gaze, at the beginning of the Bible, rests lovingly on his creation. From habitable land to life-giving waters, from fruit-bearing trees to animals that share our common home, everything is dear in the eyes of God, who offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved. I strongly encourage the faithful to pray in these days that, as the result of a timely ecumenical initiative, are being celebrated as a Season of Creation. This season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home begins today, 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Preparing for the Season of Creation

On 6 August 2015, Pope Francis announced the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ to be celebrated on 1 September annually; a call ‘to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing’.  We encourage you to participate by reflecting on your own experiences in nature and what it means to live on this planet Earth, a small blue dot in an expanding universe.

Our Sunday Reflections for the month of September will offer you thoughts and prayers along this theme which you may use in your liturgies or in personal prayer time.

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.

True wealth is found in Jesus Christ, not money, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis on Wednesday August 7, 2019 criticized those who give more consideration to money than the sacraments or helping others find true wealth – a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“How many times do I think of this when I see some parishes where it is thought that money is more important than the sacraments! Please! A poor Church: let us ask the Lord for this,” the pope said.

The Gospel teaches to not put trust in financial resources, but in “the true wealth” that is a relationship with Jesus Christ, he said. “We are indeed – as St. Paul would say – ‘poor, but capable of enriching many; as people who have nothing and instead possess everything.’”

Administrators of Justice

The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens. Their independence should keep them safe from favoritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make. Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.

Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word. Pope Francis

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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Seeking Asylum in Australia

The last issue in 2018 of CARMENGO the International publication of the Carmelite NGO contains a lead article on ‘Seeking Asylum in Australia’, written by Peter Thomas of our JPIC Team.

pdf Click here to download and read the issue (1.34 MB)

Agape Leona Helps Human Trafficking Survivors In Africa

Carmelite NGO and the International JPIC Commission are dedicated to their work of eliminating Human Trafficking throughout the world.

This video shows the work in Zimbabwe through the Carmelite sisters in a project called AGAPE Leona:   

Meet women survivors of human trafficking who are rebuilding their lives, thanks to Agape Leona, an initiative of the Carmelite NGO in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The stories of Shamiso, Olivia, Sibongile and Mukai represent thousands of African trafficking victims.

Agape Leona rescues survivors and helps them recover and build new lives, offering training in job skills and self-sufficiency. The program works with about 50 survivors and hopes to reach even more. Agape Leona networks with other organizations such as the African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching (AFCAST) to raise awareness and prevent others from becoming victims.

Human trafficking is a major problem in Zimbabwe, with victims often taken to middle eastern countries for forced labor. In 2017, the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons placed Zimbabwe on its Tier 2 Watchlist. The Office ranks nations based on their compliance with standards outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Tier 2 Watchlist Countries like Zimbabwe do not fully comply with TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making progress. Tier 2 countries have significant numbers of severe trafficking victims or have trafficking that's on the rise.

Join hands with the Carmelite NGO as we help people around the world in the areas of Education, Freedom of Belief, Human Rights and Sustainable Development. The Carmelite NGO, affiliated with the United Nations, was established in 2001 to help the men and women of the Carmelite Family create a more peaceful, just and loving world by advocating and caring for the spiritual and human needs of the family and the environment.

The Pope Video [February 2019]

Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence. 
- Pope Francis

Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash their hands of it without being, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity.
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps more.
Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

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.

Laudato Si' 3rd Anniversary

Watch a short video about the Vatican Conference held to celebrate the 3rd anniversay of Laudato Si'

Laudato Si' Curriculum for Seconday Education

Read the latest issue of the Carmelite NGO newsletter featuring the development of an education program for secondary school students. The program was developed by the Carmelite NGO and Salpointe Catholic High School - a Carmelite school in Tucson, Arizona.

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A House of Mercy in Indonesia

Thanks to collaboration between the Indonesian Carmelites and the Carmelite NGO Mercy House in Indonesia offers children from poor families a place to learn, develop and play. Mercy House is also home to abandoned elderly people where they receive care, dignity and a place to live for the rest of their lives. Find out more by watching the short video below.

Watch the video

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.

Click the play button below. 

The Mission of the Laity | A missão dos leigos

Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized. Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today's world.

Watch the video (English) | Assista ao vídeo (Português)

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

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