WASHINGTON—In anticipation of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued a statement echoing Pope Francis' call that all people, "Christians or not,...should be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home."
emphasizes the 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 personal and institutional examination of conscience," said
Bishops Dewane and Cantú.
recognized the need for collective action and restated their call for an
"energy revolution," stressing that we must especially "remember those who
labor in the energy industry, from coal miners and solar engineers to
legislators and scientists."
The message also
recognizes September 1 as the first day of the "Season of Creation," which
concludes on October 4 with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The bishops
acknowledge that this "is a privileged time for all persons of faith to
consider spiritual and corporal acts of mercy towards our common home and all
those living in it, so that this may also become a 'season of mercy' within our
families, our communities and our world."
The full text of
the letter can be found at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/statement-on-world-day-of-prayer-for-care-of-creation.cfm.