In 2021 extended lockdowns and changing restrictions created conditions that inhibited the timely completion of projects. With this in mind, the decision was made to combine the Rerum Novarum Awards 2021 with the 2022 offering. We launch the 2022 program acknowledging with appreciation those schools that participated in 2021 and we anticipate with enthusiasm the submissions for 2022. See below for further details on how to apply.
In the midst of a global pandemic, as we adapt to our ‘new normal’ Pope Francis calls on us to respond to the ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’. How will you answer the call?
Late in 2020 when we set the theme for the 2021 Rerum Novarum Awards and asked students to consider a ‘post COVID world’, we did not foresee the ongoing impact that the pandemic would have not only globally, but especially for us here in Victoria and in particular Melbourne – the most locked down city in the world. The events of the past two years have caused significant upheaval in our world with inevitable effects on our planet and the most vulnerable on it.
The recent release of the 2021/2022 ACBC Social Justice statement ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’ and the development of the Laudato Si Action Goals provide an exciting framework for the 2022 Rerum Novarum Awards. Ask yourself how can you make a change in your community that answers the ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’? The two cries are fundamentally interconnected and our response must also be.