Care of the Earth, concern for migrants ‘connected’

A Mexican migrant worker picks blueberries in Lake Wales, Florida (CNS/Marco Bello, Reuters)

Catholics will mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees during the ecumenical celebration of the Season of Creation, highlighting the obligation to care for the Earth and the poor, says Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny. Source: CNS.

“With Pope Francis, we hope to come out of the COVID crisis better than before: more welcoming, more cooperative, more sharing, more attentive to the needs of our common home and everyone in it, and closer to our loving God and creator,” said Cardinal Czerny, who is undersecretary at the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

The Catholic Church and Christians around the world mark September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and celebrate the Season of Creation from that date to October 4, the feast of St Francis of Assisi. The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is September 27.

The “common thread” among the celebrations, especially in 2020, the cardinal said, “is our common home in which the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one cry.”

“Among those forced to flee are those driven from their homes by the climate crisis, which takes many different forms around the world: fires, flooding, drought, storms, etc.,” Cardinal Czerny said.

He noted that in Francis’ message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Pope wrote: “To preserve our common home and make it conform more and more to God’s original plan, we must commit ourselves to ensuring international cooperation, global solidarity and local commitment, leaving no one excluded.”


Care of the earth, concern for migrants are connected, cardinal says (By Cindy Wooden, CNS

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