Leeds Trinity University to discuss climate change in Laudato Si’ lecture
Leeds Trinity University will welcome Fr Augusto Zampini Davies next Wednesday (17th February), who will deliver the University’s annual CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) lecture on Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’.
Translated in English as ‘Care of our common home’, Pope Francis’ second encyclical was circulated in May 2015. Addressing it to ‘every person living on this planet’, Pope Francis speaks openly about the devastating effects of climate change on people and the planet.
In his lecture, Fr Augusto Zampini Davies will discuss the Pope’s call in Laudato Si’ to people of all nations to tend to the earth in tandem with caring for the poor. He will also explore and reflect on Pope Francis’ teaching on human ecology and development, as expressed in Laudato Si’.
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies is a theological adviser to CAFOD who is currently researching environmental justice, human ecology and inequality. His mission is to help with the development of the poor, individuals and communities by teaching and ministering, and also by working in the public arena to change the structures that generate poverty and inequality.
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies’ lecture forms part of Leeds Trinity’s Chaplaincy and Theology and Religious Studies lecture series, which looks at issues of poverty, justice and inequality at local and international levels. This is the third year that an annual CAFOD lecture has taken place at the University as part of the lecture series.
Dr Ann Marie Mealey, Associate Principal Lecturer in Theology and Catholic Studies at Leeds Trinity University and theological adviser to CAFOD, said:
“We are delighted to host Fr Augusto Zampini Davies at the University, and very much appreciate the opportunity to reflect together on some of the most pressing environmental questions of our time.
“The lecture will be in keeping with the social mission of the University and its commitment to social justice, and although it will appeal to many Catholics, it should also be an occasion for us to do, as Laudato Si’ recommends and speaks to a much broader community regarding our response to climate change and related issues.”
Leeds Trinity University has had a close relationship with CAFOD for many years, drawing on the organisation’s expertise and educational resources to enhance its portfolio of teacher training degrees. CAFOD staff have facilitated Catholic Partnership Days for local schools and the University raises funds for CAFOD`s work each year.
The lecture will take place at the Conference Suite at Leeds Trinity University at 7pm. More information, including how to book, is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-cafod-lecture-laudato-si-tickets-18843841437Tags: CAFOD, encyclical, Fr Augusto Zampini Davies, Jesuit, Laudato Si', Leeds Trinity University, Pope Francis, priest