Pope Francis and the Vatican are again calling on all Catholics to join the ecumenical Season of Creation, which starts 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.
In a letter, Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, warmly invited the global Catholic family to “join the ecumenical family in celebrating the Season of Creation,” the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home.
“I humbly request your assistance in promoting this important moment in your local parishes and communities,” Mons. Duffé wrote.
“We also encourage bishops and ecclesial bodies to make statements to raise awareness about the Season of Creation, helping the faithful to realize that ‘living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience’” (LS 217).
Duffé continued, pointing out how next month’s ecumenical season will be a “critical moment for Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf ahead of two important summits.”
After the Season of Creation, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the UN Biodiversity Convention (COP15) will take place.
Duffé wrote: “I invite you to join advocacy initiatives such as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition urging for bold action to protect creation in addition to other initiatives calling for new paths forward together.”
Pope Francis and the Vatican have shown prophetic leadership around the ecumenical celebration of prayer, action, and advocacy for our common home.
The past two years, Pope Francis has started the season with a powerful papal message, encouraging Catholics to host events and protect God’s creation. He also has concluded the season the past two years by thanking Christians around the world for their efforts.
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More about the 2021 Season of Creation
- Why Christians are pitching ‘Abraham’s tent’ for the 2021 Season of Creation
- Launch of Laudato Si’ Action Platform culminates Laudato Si’ Week 2021 as Catholics around the world respond to Pope Francis’ call
- Learn about ways you can take action during the ecumenical season with the 2021 Season of Creation Celebration Guide