To help launch the Season of Creation, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, issued a historic joint statement.
The first-ever message from the three faith leaders calls on all Christians and their communities to address the “unprecedented threat of climate change and environmental degradation.”
“Together, on behalf of our communities, we appeal to the heart and mind of every Christian, every believer and every person of good will,” they wrote.
“All of us—whoever and wherever we are—can play a part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and environmental degradation.
“Caring for God’s creation is a spiritual commission requiring a response of commitment. This is a critical moment. Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it.”
Why is it so significant, and what should we do now? Here are five things to know about their historic message.
To read the five key things from the joint statement, click here to continue reading.
The Diocese of Parramatta’s Peace, Justice and Ecology Office has created a website full of online activities and resources to commemorate the Season of Creation, which runs until 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Visit parracatholic.org/seasonofcreation today.
Download the full joint statement from Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury here.
Jonathon Braden, from Nebraska, USA, has more than 10 years of writing and communications experience. He seeks to tell LSM’s story.
With thanks to the Laudato Si’ Movement and Jonathon Braden, where this article originally appeared.