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Care for Creation

Blessing and Biodiversity

Each year Catholics celebrate the Blessing of the Animals as part of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi observance. St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology, loved all animals and all of nature, recognizing each animal as an equally miraculous work of the Creator. As our attention is most often turned to our furry and feathered household companions, we can also celebrate - and pledge to protect - the overwhelming diversity of animal life just outside our doors and...

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Migrants and Refugees

Migrants and Refugees

“Towards an Ever Wider ‘We’ ” Catholics have been observing the World Day of Migrants and Refugees since 1914, each year recognizing the vulnerability of displaced persons, while embracing the opportunities that arise when migrants and refugees are supported in their journeys and welcomed in their resettlement. In his papal message, Pope Francis calls us to recognize a “we” as “wide as humanity:” “…the highest price is being paid by those who most easily become viewed as others: foreigners,...

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Season of Creation – Amazonia

The Pan-Amazon nations, our South American neighbors, are home to the world’s largest rainforest and millions of indigenous persons. The importance of this region for both its immense biodiversity and climate stabilizing capacity, cannot be overstated. Yet, after years of intense deforestation and exploitation by international interests, the Amazon is approaching an "irreversible tipping point of ecological collapse," according to the nonprofit Amazon Watch. As we approach the second...

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Pope Francis Speaks

A first-ever joint statement by Christian leaders urging citizens and world leaders alike to address the moral and life issues underpinning the current ecological crisis, marked this second week of the 2021 Season of Creation. Pope Francis joined Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, imploring Christians and their communities, to: “listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for...

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