Catholics united for the 2021 Season of Creation

A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: “Praised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love”. Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society. – Laudato Si’

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Attached please find our FREE extra digital issue of The Southern Cross to mark our first birthday as a magazine, and 101st as a Catholic publication. It includes some of our best articles over the past year. I hope you will enjoy it, whether you see the magazine for the first time, or catching up with articles you might have missed or forgotten about.

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Document on Human Fraternity

This livestreamed interfaith event on theological dialogue and practical ethics, hosted by the Catholic Church in Cape Town and the Ahlulbait Mosque in Ottery, took place at St Mary of the Angels Church, Athlone on 12 October at 7.30 pm. Presented by Fr Chris Clohessy (from Rome) and chaired by Fr Peter-John Pearson.

Archdiocesan News 3 of 2021

HOT OFF THE DIGITAL PRESS! Synod 2021-2023; Buckets of Love 2021; 2021 Directory Update; Youth Upcoming Events; St Catherine’s expands Soup Kitchen; News from St Kizito Children’s Programme; Life Teen and Edge; News from our Schools’ Office; CPLO Responses and Digests; God for Grownups; Kolping and Tafelsig parish collaboration; The Little Carpenter; the Xhosa Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Cape Town; Stella Maris Ministry; Do you have a fear of Missing Out; Archbishop celebrates 65th birthday; Double Celebrations in Grassy Park parish.