Season of Creation spotlights threats to biodiversity
September 5, 2019 - NCR - Brian Roewe
Sun rays shine through trees in a forest in late September 2018 near Biere, Switzerland. (CNS/Reuters/Denis Balibouse)
Wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest and other parts of the globe. Up to one million species face extinction, in large part due to human activities. This has formed the backdrop for the annual Season of Creation, timely tuned this year to the theme of biodiversity.
The Season of Creation begins on Sept. 1 with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and runs until Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This year's Season of Creation is focusing on "protecting the web of life in all its variety, because each species reveals the glory of the Creator."
"Everywhere we turn, we see new initiatives, new resources emerging at every level of the Church," said Christina Leaño, associate director of Global Catholic Climate Movement. She added, "And especially in the midst of our current climate crisis, the fires in Brazil and across Africa, it is incredibly inspiring to see the Holy Spirit igniting this prayer and action for creation."
Canadian Christian leaders issued a collective call to climate action
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On Earth Day 2019, Christian leaders from across Canada joined together to issue a call to climate action. Their collective message is clear: the global climate crisis has reached a critical stage and requires an urgent moral and spiritual response. See the full newsletter here
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From their vision statement: The VISION of the San Damiano Foundation, is that by living the prayer of St. Francis, there would be storefronts, shelters/transitional homes and retreat places accessible to all people in every community in our areas and that through the provision and maintenance of these “places” all who come to any of our “places” will not be hungry or thirsty, sad or alone and that every person would come to know they are of value and loved. It is our vision that all people, in particular youth, will receive respect and give respect and that in our safe and secure places there will be growth of individual confidence, kindness and strength of character.
The long time president of the foundation, Colleen MacAlister, ofs is a Secular Franciscan.
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