Season of Creation


This week, we’re reminded why our participation in the Season of Creation is so important. Two major storms–Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut–have taken precious lives.

Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines, where 59 of our most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers died, most of them buried in landslides. Hurricane Florence struck the East Coast of the United States, killing 16 people. Storms like these are likely to be increasingly powerful because of climate change.

Over the weekend, Pope Francis tweeted “Let us deal with climate change through international cooperation: each person’s choices have repercussions on the life of everyone.”

Pope Francis is lifting his voice for creation. This Season of Creation, Christians around the world are doing the same.

THE CLIMATE PILGRIMAGE

On October 3, the day before the Feast of St. Francis, pilgrimage will take the first steps of a 1,500-kilometer (almost 950-mile) journey for climate justice.

They are starting at the Vatican and walking all the way to Katowice, Poland, where the UN climate talks will be held. These talks will cement the next stage in the Paris agreement, and there’s a lot up for discussion.

Pilgrims are walking to send the message that Christians around the world want to solve the climate crisis. Coming from the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, and across central and Eastern Europe, they are walking in unity to call for action that protects our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share information about how you can add your voice to the pilgrimage. For now, we ask you to please consider making a donation to support it.

GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

The Global Climate Action Summit just wrapped up in San Francisco. Leaders from the fields of business, education, and faith came together to show that they are taking action now, and to call on governments to catch up.

Catholics’ voices were heard loud and clear, sharing prayers and action throughout the week-long event.

VOICES AROUND THE WORLD

Across the globe, Christians are lifting their voices for the Season of Creation. From this op-ed that was written by Anglican bishops from four continents to this op-ed that was written by a Catholic priest in Mexico, our leaders are sharing a message of hope and urgency for the season.

You’re invited to raise your voice by writing a letter to the editor for your local newspaper.  Letters to the editor are a surprisingly effective way of reaching local policy makers. More information is here.

Through the prophet Isaiah, we hear the Lord say “You are my witnesses.”

We witness to God’s love for all people, especially the most vulnerable. We call on each other and our leaders to embody this love by protecting the common home we share.

PS: If you’ve planned a Season of Creation event but haven’t registered it yet, please register it now.

Tomás Insua
Executive Director
Global Catholic Climate Movement

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About Ufficio di GPIC OFM Cap.

The office for justice, peace and integrity of creation JPIC of the Capuchin order serves the whole order to promote work for the poor and marginalized and for actions saving our planet. Our principal mission for this sexennium is to Inform, Integrate and Inspire our friars and all people of good will towards working for JPIC.
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