St. John’s Archbishop Martin Currie presides at a prayer service June 18 to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Photo by Peter Whittle

We’re all in it together

By  Peter Whittle, Catholic Register Special
  • June 28, 2015

St. John’s, Nfld. - To understand Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and to act on it we need everybody all together, Archbishop Martin Currie told a prayer service held to introduce Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home at St. Teresa’s Church June 18.

“This letter brings together deep faith and good science in an attempt to rally all people of good will to action on behalf of our suffering planet and our suffering sisters and brothers,” said Currie, archbishop of St. John’s.

Pope Francis wants and calls for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet,” Currie said. “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

People of various faiths attended the prayer service. Memorial University student Matthew Barter, the son of an Anglican priest, had heard a lot about the encyclical in the media and online and wants to know more.

“The Pope has a massive following, is respected and it is nice to see him use his power to speak out, to make change for the common good,” said Barter.

Roy Upshaw of Keligrews felt Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home was timely and important, particularly for our children’s future. Uphsaw said he “was very impressed, it was enlightening but frightening. It is a wake-up call for all.”

The archbishop concluded the service by asking the gathered faithful, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

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