Our Mission is the advancement of Christian respect and responsibility for the animal creation with special reference to Catholic teaching and beliefs.
Catholic Concern for Animals, formerly The Catholic Study Circle, was founded in 1929. Its magazine The Ark was first published in 1937 when its editor, Dom Ambrose Agius OSB, said:
‘It is not only the cause of animals, their welfare and protection, which is here advocated. It is the cause also of the good name of the Catholic Church, often attacked and seldom defended in this matter of the proper treatment of animals.’
Divine Music: The Mystery of the Creation
Following last year’s Interfaith Celebration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, on cherishing and protecting all God’s Creation, the keynote address at our 13th Animal Interfaith Alliance and World Congress of Faiths Celebration of Animals on Saturday 22 October 2016 at Golders Green Unitarians was delivered by Rev. Professor Martin Henig. Professor Henig is a distinguished academic, Vice-president of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, board member of the Animal Interfaith Alliance and an Anglican Franciscan. For further details see here
Special Laudato Si’ Edition of
World Youth Day – A Celebration of Laudato Si
Pope Francis attended World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland from 26th to 29th July, where CCA was one of the many Catholic organisations represented. Further details here
Pope Watch! Pope Francis and Animals
See Videos on Pope Francis and Animals here
Latest Edition of The Ark – Out Now!
For details on how to order a copy click here.
Free to CCA Members
Commencing from 2016, the new publication dates for The Ark are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November.–
Ark Editor, Barbara Gardner talks to Safe & Sound Radio
Ark Editor, Barbara Gardner talks to Sandra Kyle and Lynley Tulloch of Safe & Sound Radio about the faith’s teachings on the compassionate treatment of animals. Subjects include ‘do animals have souls?’, ‘do animals have rights?’, veganism and new insights from Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, Laudato Si’. Listen to the podcast here:
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The School of Compassion:
A Roman Catholic Theology of Animals
By Dr Deborah Jones
is available from Amazon here
Other books about animals and theology can be found here