Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - "Urgent action is needed to safeguard our common home. Phenomena like the terrible fires of the Amazon, the impact of prolonged drought, the destruction of the Murray-Darling basin and the rise of sea level due to climate change have had an important emotional impact on people all over the world. We need to act, because we know that climate justice is inextricably linked to social justice. We know that the poorest of the poor are those who will suffer the most from climate change". This is what is said in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by Bernard Holland, Director of "Catholic Earthcare Australia", a specific agency of the Australian Catholic Church that deals with studying these issues. Holland reports that these issues that were at the center of the fifth World Day of Prayer for Creation and that the Australian Church will continue to be emphasized in the "Time of Creation", which ends on 4 October.
The Day, established by Pope Francis in 2015 and celebrated annually on September 1st, aims to bring individuals and communities to "reaffirm their personal vocation as administrators of Creation, to thank God for the wonderful work he has entrusted us and to implore his help for the protection of the world and his forgiveness for the sins committed against it".
The Australian Church celebrated the initiative in all the parishes, giving way to the period known as "Time of Creation", lived with ecumenical meetings and initiatives, with all the other Christian denominations, and will end with the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, 4 October. Lived with extensive references to the encyclical Laudato Sì, "this period - concludes Holland - offers the faithful and all men of good will the opportunity to urge people to do whatever they can within their circle of influence, to raise awareness among friends and acquaintances towards these vital themes". (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 3/9/2019)