[Press Release] Cardinal Tagle Launches Season of Creation During Pope’s Day of Prayer

September 1, 2015

September 1 – For immediate release


Today’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation launches the Season of Creation, a month-long period to contemplate, pray and act for creation. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the opening celebrations in the Philippines with a special Mass in ‎the Manila cathedral and a letter to local Catholics, calling on support for the Catholic Climate Petition campaign. The Season of Creation, which ends on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, was proposed by the Philippines bishops in 2003 following the precedent of other Christian denominations.

The archbishop of Manila emphasized how this year’s Season of Creation was particularly meaningful in a circular letter he sent to church leaders: “Our celebration this year is guided by the new encyclical of the Holy Father Pope Francis, Laudato Si, and his declaration of the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1, the very same day we are opening the Season of Creation.”

Thousands of Catholics from all continents, supported by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), will join the Filipino Church to celebrate the Season of Creation. GCCM has created resources available on the website www.SeasonOfCreation.info, for participants to use to organize weekly prayer groups, promote the Catholic Climate Petition, put brief reflections into church bulletins and pray together as a community, a family or individual.

Building on top of his endorsement of the Catholic Climate Petition in July, Cardinal Tagle reinforced his ask to use this special time to mobilize ahead of the Paris climate negotiations in late November: “We ask you to celebrate the Season of Creation with emphasis on deepening the commitment to care for our common home and to support the Global Catholic Climate Movement that aims to gather 10 Million signatures to call on world leaders to sign the commitment to limit the increase of the global temperature to below 1.5 degrees centigrade.”

“We are very grateful for Cardinal Tagle’s great support of the Catholic Climate Petition campaign, to mobilize the Catholic community worldwide to put Laudato Si into action in this important year of climate negotiations”, said the Movement Coordinator of GCCM, Tomás Insua. “Our global network also eagerly joins the Season of Creation celebration to reflect on creation as a gift from God and the ripple effect of human activity toward the planet.”

The signatures of the Catholic Climate Petition will be delivered in the Paris Climate Summit.  The campaign was endorsed by Pope Francis in May and was quickly followed by the endorsement of other church leaders such as Cardinal Hummes and Cardinal Turkson.

The Season of Creation started as a tradition in the Lutheran church in 2004 and was adopted by the World Council of Churches in 2007. The Philippine bishops proposed in 2003 to celebrate creation in this time-frame, with a pastoral statement that said: “We wish to introduce this period to our Catholic faithful and acknowledge “Creation”, that priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his own image and likeness.”  The Archdiocese of Manila institutionalized the Season of Creation in 2013.

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Founded in January 2015, the GCCM is a coalition of almost 200 Catholic organizations working to respond to the moral imperative of the climate change crisis. Further information can be found at http://catholicclimatemovement.global/



Christina Leano, Global Campaigns Coordinator of GCCM
+1 786-459-5667 | christina(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global

Tomás Insua, Movement Coordinator of GCCM
+1 857-272-8775 | tomas(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global

Allen Ottaro, Executive Director of Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Kenya)
+254721605830 (cell) | cynes.africa(AT)gmail.com

Lou Arsenio, Ecology Ministry Coordinator of Archdiocese of Manila (Philippines)
+63 908 869 0211 | 61louva(AT)gmail.com

Ciara Shannon, Asia Coordinator of Our Voices (Hong Kong
+852 62096775 (cell) | ciarashannon.hk(AT)gmail.com

Brother Benedict Ayodi, Director JPIC of Capuchin Franciscans – Curia Generale (Italy)
+393347948970 | jpic(AT)ofmcap.org

Gabriel López Santamaría, Editor of Pazybien.es (Spain)
+34 691907261 | gabriel(AT)pazybien.es

Dr. Pablo Canziani, Red Argentina de Laicos, Acción Católica Argentina, Investigador Principal Conicet (Argentina)
+54-9-11-3582-2279 | pocanziani(AT)gmail.com

Igor Bastos, Campaigns Coordinator of GCCM (Brazil)
+55 (34) 9242-8692 | igor(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global

Fabián Campos, Campaigns Coordinator of GCCM (Ecuador)
+593 993790762 | fabian(AT)catholicclimatemovement.global

Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network (USA)
+1-202-527-7565 (office) +1-203-522-2324 (cell) | pcarolan(AT)franciscanaction.org

Bill Patenaude, Author of CatholicEcology.net (USA)
+1-401-374-4412 | bill(AT)catholicecology.net

Jacqui Rémond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia
+61 (02) 8907 9500 (office) +61 0413 715 375 (cell) | jacqui.remond(AT)catholicearthcare.org.au