Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Catholic community was well represented at the Sydney climate march on 29 November as world leaders gathered for climate change talks in Paris.
A young woman from Parramatta Parish said she was overjoyed by the large turnout of people and was especially proud of her Catholic faith.
Prior to the march, participants gathered with other Catholic and faith groups on the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, gave the marchers his blessing.
Catholic Earthcare, Caritas, and diocesan and parish groups joined with other faith communities to walk to The Domain where they joined an estimated 40,000 people to march to the Opera House.
This diverse gathering highlighted the essential message of Pope Francis to listen to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.