Season of Creation

Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of …

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap Read More »

Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation Read More »

Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo Read More »

Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship Read More »

Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of …

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap Read More »

Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation Read More »

Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo Read More »

Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of …

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of …

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo Read More »

Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship Read More »

Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River” Read More »

Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Churches in Philippines launch activities for Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship Read More »

Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to help protect the environment via Traslacion Roadmap

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

MESSAGE ON THE SEASON OF CREATION 2023 “Let Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank …

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. It starts on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and will ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the …

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Season of Creation

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church.

According to Bishop Pabillo, who is also the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Office on Stewardship, the season of creation is a call to every believer to renew their duties as good stewards who take care of the environment. Nature serves as a medium for God’s love and cares for humanity

“Ito ay gawa ng ating Diyos Ama. At ito ay napakaganda na pati ang Diyos ay nagandahan sa kanyang nilikha. Ipinagkatiwala ng Ama sa ating pangangalaga ang magandang sangnilikha. Dahil dito nilikha niya tayong kawangis niya sa mundo, kalarawan niya sa pangangalaga nito,” Bishop Pabillo said  in his Pastoral Letter.

The CBCP official said that it is important to enrich and preserve the natural resources created by God for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Bishop Pabillo also encourages strict vigilance against harmful projects that affect nature more and will eventually cause suffering to people.

“Magkaisa po tayong ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ang isang mundong maganda at kaaya-aya ayon sa balak ng ating Diyos na Manlilikha. Kaya sikapin nating maging mga mabubuting katiwala ng kalikasan. Ito ay isang malaking karangalan at isang malaking pananagutan,”

The Season of Creation begins from September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Nature is a great gift and great responsibility–Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop of Taytay, Palawan, on Thursday released a Pastoral Letter for the upcoming celebration of the Season of Creation in the Catholic Church. According to Bishop Pabillo, …

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Season of Creation

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home.

According to Veritas News, Rev. Fr. Dan Cancino, the current Vicar Provincial of the Camillian Province in the Philippines, stated in his message the impact which may be caused by the recent effects of climate change that possibly may affect the next generations.

“Climate change remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and we need to emphasize the urgency of tackling this issue,” he said.

Fr. Cancino stressed that the role of the young people in the present time is crucial by enabling them to realize the ‘spiritual aspects’ of stewardship.

“We need to focus on the spiritual aspect of environmental stewardship was explored through prayers, meditations, and reflections. Together we can emphasize once again the climate-related events focused on raising awareness about the impacts of global warming to the youth and we let them appreciate and act on and for their future–for our common home,” he added.

The Philippines was ranked 31st in a report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last August 2021, wherein the young people are “currently exposed to a variety of climate, environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.” (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Youth are called to realize spiritual aspects of environmental stewardship

In celebration of the Season of Creation this 2023, the contribution of the youth to become “stewards of creation” is vital with a goal to protect the common home. According …

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Season of Creation

As the Catholic Church commenced this year’s Season of Creation, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the Filipino faithful to take part in formulating local programs for the protection of the environment through the Traslacion Roadmap project of the Archdiocese of Manila.

In a circular released on August 31, Cardinal Advincula called on every Filipino Catholics to participate in Traslacion Roadmap and become a “beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and just social transformation”.

“Let us make this strategic object of our Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations,” he stated.

The Archbishop of Manila also encouraged everybody to “organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter” to deepen love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Cardinal Advincula took the opportunity to inform the faithful of the actions made by the Archdiocese of Manila to respond to the call of Pope Francis through Laudato Si such as divesting investments from destructive businesses, relentless support to all environmental protect and preservation initiatives, promotion of food safety and security to address hunger, and mobilizing various institutions to become part of Laudato Si Action Platform to achieve integral ecology.

He also asked all parishes and church institutions to make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish Laudato Si Sunday, organize their respective ecology ministries and lead Season of Creation events in their respective communities.

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church from September 1 to October 5, and was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2012, with the purpose of praising, thanking and recognizing the works of God the Creator, and broadening public awareness in protecting His creations.

This year’s theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, according to the official website of the Season of Creation, was inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos in the Old Testament (Am 5:24) to encourage the faithful “to join the river of justice and peace, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate justice and the loss of biodiversity.” (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Season of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Eleven years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila launched the Season of Creation. The
purpose of this celebration is to appropriate a season to praise and thank God for the gift
of creation, to instill in every citizen respect and deep recognition of God the Creator, and
to develop citizens to become responsible stewards and protectors of our common. It was
started during the beginning of the preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in the
Philippines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued a
pastoral letter, What is happening to our beautiful land?, to inform every Filipino of the
ecological and environmental situation of our country. “At this point in the history of our
country, it is crucial that people motivated by religious faith develop a deep appreciation
for the fragility of our island’s life systems and take steps to defend the Earth “It is a
matter of life and death”. In July 2019 the CBCP Pastoral Letter, An Urgent Call for
Ecological Conversion, Hope in the Face of Climate Emergency, proposed thirteen detailed
concrete action points.

It might be good to note that on September 1, 2003, Cardinal Quevedo and the permanent
council of the CBCP issued a statement urging all Filipino Catholics to celebrate Creation
Time every September 1 until October 4, a period the Catholic faithful acknowledge, that
priceless gift of creation from the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his
own image and likeness.

This year’s season of creation Pope Francis is urging us to become instruments in letting
justice and peace flow like a mighty river. Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this
year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let
justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (5:24). The evocative
image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is
as essential to our life as God’s children made in His likeness as water is essential for our
physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining
hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can
bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live
according to his laws, and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom
of God” (Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, then
justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity
and all creatures.

Likewise, the late Pope Benedict XV1 in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, said “If
you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” The 2023 Season of Creation theme “Let
Justice and Peace Flow” echoes and reaffirms the need to respond or hear the seven
Laudato Si goals towards integral ecology. Pope Francis invited all sectors through the
Laudato Si Action Platforms. The Laudato Si Action Platform is a space for institutions,
communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey toward full
sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. Everyone is warmly invited to join
this community because each unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are
needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home
we share. (LS 14).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released in February 2022 a Pastoral
Statement that radically call for unity among Philippine churches to urgently respond to
the present state of climate emergency and planetary crisis through the seven Laudato Si
goals. “We are committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of
hope in the face of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our Redeemer. As such,
we commit to integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and
practice of Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our
Common Home (February 2, 2022, CBCP Pastoral Statement: A Call for Unity and Action
amid a Climate Emergency and Planetary Crisis).

During this 11th Season of Creation in the Archdiocese of Manila, I enjoin everyone to be
a beacon of hope in the promotion of environmental care, efficient disaster response, and
just social transformation (e.g. human rights, etc.). Let us make this strategic object of our
Traslacion Roadmap a reality by planning and designing programs on formation that lead
to ecological conversion. More sustainable care for our common home projects and
programs that will ensure a safe and sustainable future for the next generations. Pope
Francis in Laudato Si is asking us, “what kind of world do we want to leave to the coming
generations?” Let us organize a community, institutional, parish, and even family
showing and reflection on the Laudato Si movie, The Letter. Let us develop and deepen
our love and respect for God the Creator through His creation.

Take time to deepen our understanding of our profession of faith “I believe in God the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” Translate this into concrete lifestyle,
mission, and growth in ecological spirituality. Take an active role in the promotion and
witnessing to the encyclical Laudato Si following the commitment of the CBCP: “We are
committed to advance the teachings of the Laudato Si and be bearers of hope in the face
of an ecological crisis, following our Lord Jesus, our redeemer. As such, we commit to
“integrate the care of creation as our common home in our teaching and practice of
Christian discipleship” through concrete ecological actions in caring for our Common
Home.

This is to inform everyone that the Archdiocese of Manila has divested all our
investments from coal and other destructive businesses since years ago in response to the
calls of Laudato Si and in consonance with our faith and the earlier social teachings of the
Church. We commit to relentlessly support all initiatives that will protect, preserve,
nurture, and respect God’s creation. Through the Archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, we
commit to respond to the goals of Laudato Si specifically to hear the cry of the poor and
the cry of the earth. Reduce the impacts of climate change, promote food safety and
security to address hunger, and ensure the protection of the rights to safe and healthy
ecology by mobilizing various institutions to become part of the Laudato Si Action
Platform to achieve Integral Ecology.

As your Archbishop, I therefore enjoin every parish and institution to organize ecology
ministry, participate in and lead Season of Creation events in the parishes and
communities which started on September 1, launch concrete and creative actions on the
Care for Our Common Home and make every Sunday of the Season of Creation a parish
Laudato Si Sunday. Thus, “Let justice and peace flow like a river, righteousness like a
never-failing stream” (5:24).

 

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

 

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Season of Creation

Catholic Churches in the Philippines have started launching activities for Season of Creation with the theme ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’ last September 1, as the country joins the ecumenical prayer and action for the ecological transformation of the common home.

The Walk for Creation 2022 was the official launch of the Season of Creation in the country which was held last September 1, at the Our Lady of Remedies Parish or Malate Church.

Fr. John Leydon, chairperson of Laudato Si’ Movement Pilipinas, reflected in his reflection at the event that hope can only be achieved if the people’s concern prevail despite the crises and problems occurring in the environment. He pointed out that the gathering for the Walk for Creation is an opportunity to renew hope and encourage more believers to preserve nature.

“We are gathered to renew our hope in things unseen, and we enter into this period of creation in order to affirm our own selves and our hope. We are here because we do have hope in the face of the pessimistic situation that we are living in,” said Fr. Leydon.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula led the opening of the activity with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral at 10:00 AM.

Meanwhile, Caritas Philippines, social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will launch “Bike 4 Kalikasan”, a 32 kilometers bike caravan on October 8 at 5:00 AM. The route will be from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park in Quezon City.

“This is to show that we are serious in our stance to fully enforce the 2022 CBCP pastoral statement on ecology, as much as we are demanding in calling on our government to take action against ecological injustices,” said Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo who also stands as Caritas Philippines National Coordinator, in an interview with Radio Veritas.

In Baguio, Bishop Victor Bendico urged the faithful in his pastoral letter to use the message of the Burning Bush as an inspiration in the celebration of the Season of Creation.

“We must also remind our small-scale miners to be responsible especially with the unregulated mining operations, and the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and mercury that destroy the environment,” said the Bishop in his pastoral letter.

The burning bush from the Book of Genesis was the chosen symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, inspired by the fire of the Holy Spirit, which means that God hears the cries of those who suffer.

Season of Creation is an annual event for the Catholic Church to renew  relationship with the Creator and all