Christians from all over the world from September 1st to October 4th,feast of St Francis of Asses, patron saint of the environment, celebrate the Time of Creation. It is an annual event that encourages prayer and action for the common house, and has an ecumenical spirit. Representatives of all the Churches of Europe have made a joint statement and recognize these days as an occasion to celebrate the richness of our faith and to assume the need for sustainable vigilance and living conditions throughout the earth, more now with the impact of the pandemic.
It begins with the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, established by Pope Francis in 2015, in line with the theme discussed in his encyclical Laudato Si’ on the care of the common house.
This year the event has as its motto “Jubilee for the land”. The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the Bible and underlines that there must be a fair and sustainable balance between social, economic and ecological realities. The lesson of the Biblical Jubilee shows us the need to rebalance the systems of life, affirms the need for equality, justice and sustainability, affirms the need for a prophetic voice in defence of the common house.
From Nazareth we join this prayer and propose concrete actions to renew the commitment to care for this land entrusted to us by the Creator.