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 SEASON OF CREATION - Sept. 1 - Oct. 4, 2020

As followers of Christ from around the globe, we share a common responsibility as caretakers of God’s creation. Our human well-being is interwoven with the well-being of our planet. This year, the theme for the season is “Jubilee for the Earth”. 

 

"St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life, and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…..This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her….The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor….We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters."   Pope Francis Laudato Si  #1 and 2

 

This 'Season of Creation' demands attention to environmental racism: National Catholic Reporter

Season of Creation 2020: Jubilee for the Earth: Society of the Holy Child Jesus

 

Rosary  Meditations for Creation – Laudato Si Revolution


Pope Francis Announces Special Year of Laudato Si’ - Zenit, 5.24.20

"Vatican office invites church on journey to 'total sustainability' in next decade" - Earthbeat, 5.17.20 

 

Read online or download the pdf version of Laudato Si' here. Or,  read this summary of Laudato Si' - Catholic Climate Covenant

 

“In today’s celebration of Earth Day,” the Pope says, “we are called to renew our sense of sacred respect for the earth, for it is not just our home but also God’s home."  Zenit, 4.22.20


 

Integral ecology requires a larger 'seamless garment', Fr. Daniel Horan, 

Earthbeat, 2.19.20

 

'Querida Amazonia' provides reflection on ecological sin, Earthbeat, 2.14.20

 

In 'Querida Amazonia,' Francis defends vital ecosystem with stern indictment of its defilers - Earthbeat, 2.12.20

 

"Georgetown cites ‘global environmental challenges’ as it divests from fossil fuels" - Crux, 2.11.20

 

How can parishes reduce plastic waste? Earthbeat, 1.10.2020

 

"To fight hunger, fight climate change, Catholic charity expert says" - Crux, 12.29.19

 

COP25: Interview with Tomas Insua, Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement - Zenit, 12.6.19

 

"Theologians praise suggestion to add ‘ecological sins’ to Catholic catechism" - Crux, 11.20.19

 

Catholics call Trump's move from Paris climate deal 'unconscionable' - EarthBeat, 11.5.19

 

Synod on the Amazon - Oct. 6-27 See this site for more information

Saving Amazon rainforest requires change in Western lifestyles, say synod bishops - Earthbeat, 10.23.19

"Amazon bishops pledge poverty, spurning plastics and taking the bus" - Crux, 10.20.19

“Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology” Preparatory Document for Amazon Synod

Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi is the Patron of Ecology, as well as animals?

Other News

 

 

 

 

 

  • Indigenous leader says ‘Brother Francis’ risking his life for the Amazon -  Crux, 9.17.19

 

  • Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation - Zenit, 9.1.19

    • ​Pope Francis issues new call for world leaders to act on the climate emergency - America Magazine online, 9.1.19

  • "Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, toward forms of clean energy," Pope Francis said as he marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  "We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own," the pope said in his message for the Sept. 1 ecumenical day of prayer. Francis urged Catholics to find a naturally beautiful place and think about how God created the universe and declared it good; then he created human beings and gave them creation "as a precious gift" to safeguard.  National Catholic Reporter,  9.3.19

 

  • Amazon  "Lung of the World" - “We urge the governments of the Amazon region, in particular Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations, and the international community to take serious measures to save the lung of the world. What happens in the Amazon is not a local matter, but has global reach. If the Amazon suffers, the world suffers,” are the words of the appeal launched by the executive of CELAM, the coordinating body of Latin American bishops’ conferences (CELAM) and reported by Fides News Agency.  Zenit, 8.23.19

 

 

  • At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs - CNN 8.20.19 

 

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