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Catholic Earthcare set for Brisbane launch

Catholic Earthcare Australia will be launched by Archbishop John Bathersby on Queensland's Gold Coast this morning.

The national launch of Catholic Earthcare Australia took place in Sydney last year, and the organisation received its official mandate was official approved at last months Plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops.

The body was formed by Australia's Catholic Bishops in response to the Pope's call for "ecological conversion". It advises the Bishops on environmental issues and assists Catholics to develop a greater awareness of environmental issues, a greater commitment to action to develop a sustainable environment and a deeper understanding of its place in the life of Christians.

The Archbishop will be escorted by students on bikes and other vehicles which do not use fossil fuels to the Doyle Centre at Marymount College, Burleigh Heads, to launch Catholic Earthcare Australia before a crowd of over 1 000 including Catholic school students from across the Archdiocese.

During the launch, Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will announce its continuing commitment to the Cool Communities project, which is engaging Catholic households in efforts to reduce enegy usage to address the problem of increasing greenhouse gases and global warming.

Catholic Earthcare's website - available at - has recently been relaunched.

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane

Catholic Earthcare Australia
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
Catholic Earthcare Australia receives its mandate (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)
World Environment Day
Bishops to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge to promote Catholic Earthcare (28/6/02)

5 Jun 2003