- May 27, 2020
Catholic service organizations have entered into an NGO Climate Compact pledging a thorough review of their operations.
Acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted this year’s observance of Earth Day, the Washington-based Catholic Climate Covenant has revised its Earth Day 2020 program in light of universal stay-at-home orders so that it can be used by individuals, families and online groups.
Humanity has failed to take care of the earth and its inhabitants, sinning against God and his gift of creation, Pope Francis said.
The #Mercy2Earth Weekend is being organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) to mark the fact that Earth Day (April 22) and Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23) are happening on the same weekend. The organizers say “both Catholics and non-Catholics are certainly listening to Pope Francis’s eco-message.”
“I see this miracle: the miracle of a desert that becomes a forest.”
Environmental concern has been a hallmark of Francis’ papacy, especially in 2015 when his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’ was published in May.