U.S. Bishops Call for Solidarity and Conversion Ahead of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

August 31, 2017 By Public Affairs Office
WASHINGTON—Inanticipation of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September1, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCBCommittee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Oscar Cantú ofLas Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB Committee on InternationalJustice and Peace, issued a statement echoing Pope Francis' call that allpeople, "Christians or not,…should be united in showing mercy to the earth asour common home."  

The letter emphasizesthe call to conversion and the role of mercy in caring for the environment,building on the Pope's message last year. "Showing mercy to our common home first requires a personaland institutional examination of conscience," said Bishops Dewane and Cantú.

The bishops recognizedthe need for collective action and restated their call for an "energyrevolution," stressing that we must especially "remember those who labor in theenergy industry, from coal miners and solar engineers to legislators andscientists."

The message alsorecognizes September 1 as the first day of the "Season of Creation," whichconcludes on October 4 with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The bishopsacknowledge that this "is a privileged time for all persons of faith toconsider spiritual and corporal acts of mercy towards our common home and allthose living in it, so that this may also become a 'season of mercy' within ourfamilies, our communities and our world." 

The full text of theletter can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/statement-on-world-day-of-prayer-for-care-of-creation.cfm.

Keywords:Pope Francis, Bishop Oscar Cantú, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,USCCB, BishopFrank J. Dewane, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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Norma Montenegro Flynn