Pope Francis thanks GCCM, Catholics, and Christians around the world for commitment

October 5, 2020

Pope Francis has shown visionary leadership around the Season of Creation throughout his papacy.

To start the ecumenical Season of Creation, Pope Francis praised faith communities for coming together for the annual celebration of prayer and action.

Pope Francis ended the season on Sunday, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, in a similarly gracious way.

He offered his thanks and acknowledgement for the transformational ways Christians around the world cared for creation during the month long season.

During his Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis in particular highlighted the work of the hundreds of organizations and thousands of communities that make up the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

WATCH: Pope Francis highlights the Season of Creation, GCCM’s network

“Today concludes the Season of Creation, which began on 1 September and in which we celebrated a ‘Jubilee for the Earth’ along with our brethren of other Christian churches. I greet the representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the various Laudato Si’ Circles, and associations of reference, engaged in journeys of integral ecology. I rejoice at the initiatives that are being implemented today in various places, and in particular I recall that of the Po Delta area,” Pope Francis said, referencing the area in northern Italy.

On behalf of the thousands of Laudato Si’ Animators, Circles, and Member Organizations that comprise the Global Catholic Climate Movement, we thank Pope Francis for his inspiring leadership and are beyond grateful for his kind words.

Members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement network attend Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus prayer on 4 October.

Pope Francis has exhibited such visionary leadership throughout his seven-year papacy, guiding the Catholic Church and the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to care for our common home and confront the ecological crisis and climate emergency.

In 2015, he penned his world-changing encyclical Laudato Si’, which has led millions of Catholics to more fully understand how their faith calls them to care for God’s creation. That same year, Pope Francis made official the Church’s warm welcoming of the Season of Creation.

During the season the past two years, Pope Francis has delivered moving papal messages to start and finish the season, further inspiring Catholics and Christians to find radically new ways of living with creation.