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Pray-Study-Act: Earth Day 2013
In This Issue
PRAY: Transform us into witnesses of truth, justice and love
STUDY: Change needed in global environmental and climate protection
ACT: Take the St. Francis pledge

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Read more "Care for Creation" posts on the Pax Christi USA website 


 Read more about Catholic social teaching on climate change and the environment


 Use this e-resource in your local group: "Listening to Earth: Faith and Action in a Time of Global Climate Change"


Check out these resources compiled by the Pax Christi USA Global Restoration Committee

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Earth Day, April 22, 2013


The Pax Christi USA Global Restoration Committee would like to share this information with you. We invite you to pray, study and act with us across the miles recognizing that a sustainable, healthy world is a more peaceful world for all creation.



In peace,


The Pax Christi USA Global Restoration Committee

PRAY: Transform us into 

witnesses of truth, justice and love

This is excerpted from Pax Christi USA's "Pacem in Terris" prayer, study and action resource; see the complete version of this prayer for April by clicking here.

Holy one, transform us into witnesses of truth, justice and love. Enlighten leaders of nations so that they may, in addition to caring for the welfare of their citizens, also defend and guarantee the great gift of peace. May they overcome barriers that divide, cherish the bonds of mutual love, understand others and pardon those who have done them wrong. May all people of the earth come together as brothers and sisters, and may the most longed for peace blossom forth and reign always among us. Amen. 

STUDY: Change needed in global 

environmental and climate protection

by Rev. Paul Lansu, Pax Christi International


Pax Christi International recognises the links between peace and sustainability. Pax Christi International is increasingly aware of the links between environment and peace building work, and therefore seeks to encourage more dialogue and cooperation between these two fields at the international level.


There is an urgent need for global action to address our current ecological crisis. Our societies and globalised world are confronted with different interlinked challenges: a great imbalance in wealth and poverty, hunger and malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity losses, resource use and other ecological crises, financial crises, excessive military expenditure, public debt in many countries, and high (youth) unemployment.


While resource scarcity does not inevitably lead to violent conflict, it can act as a conflict multiplier by exacerbating existing social tensions. Meanwhile poor resource management can worsen marginalisation, particularly among the poorest social groups. Top-down policies can fail to take local needs into account, large-scale agricultural investment can displace and disrupt small farmers, and hydropower dams, while positive in terms of cleaner energy production, can have a negative impact on both downstream and upstream communities.


International negotiations to establish universal mechanisms to achieve key goals - such as a limit of CO2 temperature rise - are vital. Nevertheless, action programs can and must be implemented at local, national, regional and international levels. 


Click here to read this entire article.

ACT:  Take the St. Francis pledge

From the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change


All across our country, Catholics are taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor and joining the Catholic Climate Covenant. The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God's Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. To join the Covenant, you commit to act on each of the five elements of the St. Francis Pledge. (Pax Christi USA is a coalition member.)


Click here to read the pledge and take action.