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Orla Davin-Carroll sent us this latest news:

On January 29th there was a very well attended screening of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si film “The Letter – a message for our planet” in our parish church, the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, Dublin 16. This powerful and moving film was introduced by Rev. Dermot Lane, retired PP of Balally, who has written and spoken prophetically for many years on ecological concern. Enthusiastic presentations of their environmental school projects by four children from the two parish primary schools, preceded the screening of the film. After the very attentive audience had seen the film, the initial response was a stunned silence, followed by heartfelt applause. Then, over a cup of tea in the parish pastoral centre, there was much discussion of the urgent climate justice and biodiversity issues raised by the film and everyone went home with some suggestions of the actions we all need to take to fight further climate damage, to support those whose lives are already being devastated by climate change and to preserve the earth for future generations.