Creating beauty in Brecon

We’ve talked a lot about Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato si’ – on climate and justice which asks us all:

“to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”

In the parish of St Michael in Brecon, parishioners really responded to Pope Francis’ call to action “to be protectors of God’s handiwork” which he says is essential to a life of virtue.  It’s not an optional nor a secondary aspect of our Christian experience (#217)

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New Year resolutions to live more simply

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Parishioners from the LiveSimply group from St Mary’s in Monmouth and St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye have been getting together over the last six months to explore ways to live more simply in their respective communities.

The first meeting of the new year saw the group hone in on planning the actions that they wish to take going forward.  Pope Francis has called on us all to make simple daily gestures to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home. Continue reading

Pope Francis proposes new Beatitudes

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Back in September 2016  Pope Francis added “To Care for our Common Home” to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

And, in case you missed it, he has shown his openness to “newness”  once again – this time on All Saints, November 1 by offering six new Beatitudes for our times. Continue reading

Caring sustainably for Creation

livesimply-children-with-bannerTwo parishes in the Archdiocese of Cardiff: St Mary’s in Monmouth and St Frances of Rome in Ross-on-Wye are ministered to by one priest, Fr Nicholas James.

Both parish communities have been working together, exploring exploring CAFOD’s liveSimply award, following a series of talks earlier in the year from CAFOD South Wales.

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4 October – Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi

Today, 4 October marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Here we look at the significance of today, in light of Laudato Si’ and the recently proclaimed World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

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St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata.

4 October is recognised by Christians worldwide as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Born to a merchant family in 12th century Italy, Francis renounced his title and inheritance in order to live amongst the poor, he eventually founded what would become the Franciscan Order.

Learn more about Laudato Si’ and St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis in 1228 and he became the patron saint of animals and the environment. This was due to his profound reverence for God’s creation and his belief that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God.

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