Catholic Bishops Call World Leaders to Focus on the Poorest People at Climate Change Summit
At a UN Summit, September 22, on Climate Change in New York, CIDSE (a Catholic international alliance of Catholic development agencies), the Catholic organization Caritas Internationalis, a delegation of Catholic bishops and climate experts brought a message of urgency and “moral responsibility” for climate action to world leaders and asking them to “focus on the poorest people.”  The delegation was lead by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, and included bishops from Europe, Africa, and Latin America.  Their statement also looks ahead to the December negotiations in Copenhagen.  They said, “Copenhagen must achieve an equitable and binding outcome that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis and ensures effective mid-term as well as long-term actions.”  Read the delegation’s statement here.

A Powerful “Must Read” from the President of an Island Nation
Climate change is impacting low-income countries today.  As world leaders gathered in New York this week, delegates heard an impassioned plea from the President of the Maldives.  He noted that his country is regularly invited to testify as to how climate change impacts this island nation.  Participants gathered ring their hands and pledge to do more.  And then the conference ends, people go home, good intentions are buried in busy lives.  He says this cycle must end.  His statement is well worth the time and echoes key themes from the Vatican and the US Bishops. Read President Mohamed Nasheed’s statement here.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis by Promoting the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
The Franciscan Action Network and the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change invite you to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis by taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Resources to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis focused on climate change are all available on our website on the Catholic Climate Covenant Resources page.  Materials (available in English and Spanish) include, bulletin insert, prayer and worship suggestions, homily suggestions and much more!

Learn how Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in the Diocese of Tuscon, AZ is promoting the St. Francis Pledge for the Feast of St. Francis on their Holy Ground, Common Ground blogspot.

Learn more about a Catholic approach to climate change!
Sign-up for the Franciscan Action Network’s October 15 FREE Live Webcast (8-10 pm eastern time), “Care for Creation National Web Summit.”   Panelists will discuss ways that Catholics are embracing a new ethic of ecological stewardship, provide concrete actions to reduce your carbon footprint, and offer a primer on climate change legislation now before Congress.   To register for the webcast go here.  Event Cost : FREE Contact Person : Russell M. Testa

Story:  Diocese of Orange, CA Holds Annual “Blessing of the Waves”
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, CA will, in solidarity with other faith traditions, host the second annual “Blessing of the Waves” at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier (400 Pacific Coast Highway) October 4, 2009, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  This interfaith gathering seeks to recognize the spiritual significance of our most cherished natural asset and calls on participants to curb environmental degradation from climate change, toxic emissions, and other pollution.   Read more here.