Members of the activist group Catholics for Christian Climate Action were joined by a number of Bishops as they kept vigil outside on the first day of the Bishops of England and Wales Autumn Plenary Meeting at Hinsley Hall, Headingly, Leeds.

The group sat down in front of the conference venue in prayer for vital global financial assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable countries affected by climate change. They held a banner reading ‘Loss and Damage is a Pro-Life Issue‘ referring to the effects of the harm caused by human-generated climate change and a contemporary icon of Mary Mother of Mercy.

The group was asking the Bishops to speak out to the UK Government about paying the debt owed to these vulnerable countries by the UK as a result of its share of historic and ongoing greenhouse gas emissions which have led to the current climate crisis. They were also asking the Bishops to call on the Catholic faithful to raise the profile of this issue by means of a pastoral letter and to encourage the showing of the film The Letter recently released by the Laudato Si Movement in partnership with The Vatican Dicasteries of Communications and of Integral Human Development.

Prior to the plenary meeting the group had sent a letter to each of the Bishops setting out the background to their concerns which was signed on a personal basis by fifty Catholics from a variety of campaigning groups including Catholics for Christian Climate Action, the Laudato Si Animators UK, the National Justice and Peace Network, and Green Christian. They also invited the Bishops to join them in prayer on the day. A number of Bishops came to pray with them before the afternoon session when Bishop John Arnold, CBEW Spokesperson for the Environment, was due to speak. These included; Bishop John Arnold Bishop of Salford, Bishop Stephen Wright, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam and Bishop Robert Byrne Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

This article has been re-produced from an Independent Catholic News article online d. 14.11.22 by Melanie Nazareth, read the full article here