On the 1st of September, Pope Francis launched the Season of Creation by celebrating the World Day of Prayer for Creation with a message urging Catholics to view care for creation among the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Officially placed on the Catholic liturgical calendar by Pope Francis in 2015, the Season of Creation is a month-long prayerful observation of the state of the world, its beauty and the ecological crises that threaten it and all its inhabitants.
Because of continuing climate change, vast numbers of peoples are displaced annually, with thousands having to depend on others for their welfare and very existence. Many fall victim to being exploited for labour purposes. Countless others fall prey to human traffickers, who offer false hopes of better life-opportunities in the northern hemisphere.
A number of websites offer opportunities to help us connect together as a global community, to make a difference and take action for Creation, as follows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v0A19DDXs to view the Pope’s invitation to prayer.
Additionally, log on to the Season of Creation website, http://seasonofcreation.org/ to access resources and gain ideas for organising a Prayer Service and other activities.
Pope Francis letter is available at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150806_lettera-giornata-cura-creato.html
Throughout the month, the various activities worldwide, will be posted to a FaceBook events page, which is accessible at https://www.facebook.com/events/1784015521738513/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
Season of Creation September 1-October 4