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Global Healing

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Global Healing

Commissioned by the Bishops of England and Wales, Cafe's "Global Healing" programme equips Catholics to respond to Pope Francis' call to care for our common home.

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si  has opened the eyes of many people, both within the Catholic Church and beyond, to the serious and increasing damage we are inflicting on our planet - our common home.

Pope Francis draws together pollution, climate change, poverty, economic migration, human dignity and other social ills and has challenged us to recognise what is happening.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he urgently challenges us to set out ways in which we may restore our world, inspired by our faith: “The teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living.” (LS, 216)

In order to help us to respond to this enormous and daunting challenge placed before us by Pope Francis in Laudato Si, Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) is producing a new, free programme.

Global Healing  will be available either as a free download from the website or as a DVD purchase. The programme is setting out various ways in which we as individuals, and within our families and communities, may take practical measures, in a spirit of prayer, to reverse the damage we are doing to our planet.

Watch the trailer here:

Signs of the Times

Although he describes the current state of the world, he also emphasises that there is time and every reason to hope that environmental degradation can be reversed, inspired by “the ideals of harmony, justice, fraternity and peace as proposed by Jesus.” (LS, 82)

It is a key topic of our times. Reading and discerning the “signs of the times”, Pope Francis suggests practical ways for Christians to respond to the current ecological crisis. Many are asking questions. "How can I make a difference? What is the Lord asking of me?”, they say.

Pope Francis states that our encounter with Christ compels us to care for the world that God so loves: “The effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue.” (LS, 217)

An "Ecological Conversion"

The official launch of Global Healing  will take place on Creation Day, 1 September 2018. Commissioned by the Bishops of England and Wales, it is specifically designed to help people engage creatively with the vital spirituality of an "ecological conversion" highlighted in chapter 6 of Laudato Si

The programme has been filmed on location at the Eden Project, a Franciscan Friary in Dorset and a wind farm in Cambridgeshire.

Its descriptions and visual presentations help in understanding the reality of the damage being done and the various opportunities and possibilities that are within reach to reverse the process of pollution.

A Variety Of Voices

Global Healing draws on interviews with a number of people well able to encourage us.

Participants include Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Dr Carmody Grey, environmental specialist now working with CAFOD, Sr Margaret Atkins, author of "Catholics and Our Common Home", Fr Augusto Zampini, formerly of CAFOD and now working in the Vatican on these matters, Fr Kevin Irwin from the United Sates, Fr Sean McDonagh, and Br Loarne, a Franciscan from Greyfriars, Oxford. Global Healing  is also drawn from the work of CAFOD.

The Global Healing website will be full of resources and ideas for deeper, practical application. Global Healing is ideally designed to be shared over a supper with a parish group, with film clips, prayers and suggestions for discussion.

Extra sessions will be available on the website which would be ideal for a short course, perhaps during Advent.

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