NEWS & EVENTS
Caritas news and events in and around the diocese
New Environment Strategy for the Diocese
Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese Trustees have approved a diocesan Environmental Strategy, which was written by Caritas as the diocesan environmental lead.
The Caritas team will be working on the next steps to implementing the strategy.
This will be to work with the central teams in the Curia’s Department of Support and Administration Services and other teams groups and individuals around the diocese to produce an action plan.
Click on the button below to download the Environment Strategy.
In the meantime, if you would like to help our diocese environment action plan by making a Climate Pledge, please click on the link below which will take you straight to the pledge page.
Or scan the QR code opposite with your phone camera and tap the link to go direct to the pledge page.
You can also download a copy of the pledge form by clicking on the button below.
Caritas at Christmas
This year, instead of a Christmas Card appeal, Jesuit Refugee Services are inviting us all to write a “Message of Solidarity” onto an Orange Heart and show your solidarity with those who are seeking asylum and protection in the UK.
You can make your own orange heart using paper/card or download and print this template: www.jrsuk.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Together-With-Refugees-heart-symbol-1.png
Once you have written your message, you can post a picture of your heart on social media to help us raise awareness and invite others to take part. Tag JRS UK and include the #TogetherWithRefugees on your posts.
You can either display your orange heart somewhere for people to see,… in the window of your home… or as part of a coordinated display in your school, church or community.
More information on work to help refugees can be found on our project page and also in the links below:
Caritas Social Action Network Statement on our response to the Nationalities and Borders bill.
Pray for refugees.
In the season of Advent, the Cycle of Prayer includes Migrants and Refugees.
As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, we remember that the Holy Family were themselves refugees, driven from their home by fear of persecution. This Advent let us pray for migrants and refugees and pray for ourselves, that our hearts will never be hardened in the face of their plea for sanctuary.
Fossil Fuel Divestment announcement 26th October 2021
On October 26th our diocese will be joining in with the Global Fossil Fuel Divestment announcement.
This decision, which has my full support, was taken by Diocesan Trustees recently, and reflects the commitment from both clergy and laity throughout Portsmouth diocese… to play our part in the search for a more equitable use of our mother earth’s resources… to “live simply” and in solidarity with the poor.
Pope Francis spoke in his Laudato Si encyclical of St Francis of Assisi’s words:
Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.
I am delighted that we today are joining with many other faith organisations to raise our voices prior to COP26 to bring attention to the urgent need for change in how we use our global resources.
Bishop Philip Egan
The global divestment announcement, which will take place as the UK prepares to host the UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow in November, offers an opportunity to faith organisations – at national, regional and local levels – to highlight the urgent need to divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in solutions to the climate crisis.
” I am delighted that our diocese has committed to divest from all fossil fuel investments. Care for our Common Home is a key theme for Caritas along with Care for the Poor and this is one of many steps on our journey of care.”
Gerry Penfold Chair, Caritas Portsmouth Diocese