GCCM Lauds Pope’s Day of Prayer for Care of Creation – September 1

August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015- The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) celebrated Pope Francis’ announcement yesterday declaring September 1 as a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, also launching a Season of Creation. In a letter sent to thank the Pope, GCCM stated, “We are grateful to have this moment to come together as a Catholic family to pray for our ailing planet and its inhabitants, to ask for mercy for the sins that have caused its suffering, and to call for our own ecological conversion.”

“Pope Francis is reminding us with his call to prayer that what the Church brings to worldly issues is action founded first on our relationship with God, the Creator and Savior of all,” said Bill Patenaude at CatholicEcology.net. “After all, it is in prayer that we can encounter and draw strength from the living God, for whom all things are possible.”

Prior to the Pope’s announcement, the GCCM had been planning to honor September 1 as the beginning of a “Season of Creation” to last until the Feast of St. Francis on October 4. The Season of Creation is an initiative following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines to acknowledge Creation.

Tomas Insua, founding Movement Coordinator of GCCM stated, “For years many of our Philippine partners have honored September 1 as a day to pray for creation.  Thus, we are delighted that this tradition will be shared across the whole Catholic family.”

With the Pope’s announcement, GCCM will be disseminating resources for communities and individuals to engage in the World Day of Prayer to Care for Creation. A landing page on the GCCM website will be available for individuals and communities to share how they will be celebrating the World Day of Prayer.

Ciara Shannon, co-founder of GCCM and Asia Coordinator for Our Voices stated “the Pope is urging all Christians to take the ecological crisis seriously.  With the UN Climate Summit coming in a few months, this annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st, could not come any sooner.”

The GCCM had received support from the Pope previously when he endorsed the organization’s Catholic Climate Petition calling on world leaders at the COP21 Summit to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.