St Mary Star of the Sea
Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario
Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis.
Their mission is to support partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures, and educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize Canadians towards actions for change. In the struggle for human dignity, the organization forms alliances with northern and southern groups working for social change. It also supports women in their search for social and economic justice.
They believe that Canadians of all religious beliefs have a responsibility to help the world's poor and disadvantaged, either by urging governments, corporations and others to implement change, or by donating time or money to support development efforts. Populations in the Global South have access to a better life provided they have the necessary economic and social instruments.
Green Spirit TV (GSTV) is a co-production between Roman Catholic TV and a variety of Catholic communities (religious communities and dioceses) concerned with Catholic teaching on eco justice themes.
Cultivating and Caring for Creation is GSTV's contribution to this evolving conversation: a series of twelve on-line Internet TV videos and lesson plans.
The series was created to model a response to Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Sii" on the environment and includes highlights from Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, January 2013). Bishop Donald Bolen, chair of CCCB's Justice and Peace Commission, provided oversight assistance to the series, including writing and presenting its narratives.
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