In two separate messages, Pope Francis encourages Catholics and those people in good faith to participate in the care for creation, our common home, through the celebration of the ecumenical Season of Creation 2021 from September 1 to October 4, 2021.
In the Pope’s video released on September 1 by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Pope Francis issues an urgent exhortation for us to question our lifestyles and the way we use the planet’s resources in order to propose a change based on responsible care, respect, simplicity and austerity.
Pope Francis is happy with the initiatives and commitment of the young people in the projects for environmental and social improvement and that we, adults, can learn from them.
Moreover, on the same day, in Pope Francis’ weekly General Audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall, he recalled the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the Season of Creation Month.
The Pope said, “Together with our brothers and sisters of different Christian denominations, let us pray and work for our common home in these times of grave planetary crisis.”
This year, the Season of Creation carries the theme of “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.” Oikos is a Greek word which means “home.” The organizers have focused on how climate change and other environmental threats jeopardize the homes of millions of people as well as millions more species.
One of the highlights of the celebration is the online petition, “Healthy Planet, Healthy People.” This is a petition organized by the Laudato Si Movement that calls for a robust global action at the coming two UN Summits, COP26 and the COP15.