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Our Parish Response to Laudato Si and the needs of the world.

'All of us can coopeate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her's own culture, experience, involvements and talents.' (Paragaph 14)

'Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all us living creatures are dependent on one another.' (Paragraph 42)

'We can once more broaden our vision. We have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology; we can put it at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral.' (Paragraph 112)

'When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality, the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities - to offer just a few example - it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.' (Paragraph 117)

'There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself. There can be no ecology withput an adequate anthropology.' (Paragraph 118)

We were already aware of helpful leads from CAFOD in repsonding to Laudato Si and had begun to discuss some initiatives in response to COP26 with others in Thame. We have now set up a Parish Environmental Group to bring together thinking and action, from appreciation and enhancement of our local environmene, to changes to alleviate our impact of the Earth's climate emergency, to linking with existing initiatives have for direct humanitarian assistance informed by a more adequate anthropology that values every human person.

Laudato Si text.

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