By Leslie Ann Aquino and Christina Hermoso
Catholic Church leaders have called on the faithful to join Sunday’s “Walk for Creation” which will take place at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
The activity is being held in celebration of the 7th Season of Creation and the 4th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which will be observed from September 1 to October 4, 2019.
“Let us gather at the Quezon Memorial Circle, and there let us thank the Lord for the gift of nature and also learn to take care of others,” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle told church-run Radyo Veritas.
“Let us welcome the dawning of a new day thanking God for the gift of creation as we learn to be more compassionate and caring,” Tagle added.
Kalookan Bishop Pablo David also issued the same appeal.
“Let us join and show that we care, remember we only have one world we live in. As what Pope Francis said, the Earth is our common home so let us take care of it,” he said.
In a statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) said the event will have for its theme “The Web of Life.”
“It is to remind us that we are part of a single, wondrously complex web of life that reflects the magnificence of the Creator,” it said.
CBCP-NASSA said the event will commence with a Eucharist celebration at 5 a.m. with Cardinal Tagle as presider.
The social action arm of the CBCP said a festive and symbolic “Walk for Creation” representing and reflecting the unique gift of each being/creature in the Web of Life will then follow to celebrate “in wonder and awe before God’s gifts, and the reconciliation that the Creator so desires for all of Creation.”
The event will conclude with the launching and commitment signing for a concrete and sustainable action that addresses the challenge of the current ecological crisis by all participating organizations, institutions, and individuals.
This commitment will be dubbed as “Caring for Our Web of Life.”
The Archdiocese of Manila began celebrating the Season of Creation in 2013, 10 years after the CBCP, through its president then, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, called for its introduction to the Filipino Catholic faithful as an acknowledgment of “Creation, that priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into His own image and likeness.”