The 2017 Chris­tian Sea­son of Cre­ation

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The 2017 Chris­tian Sea­son of Cre­ation (1 Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber) in Malta and Gozo, will be launched by Arch­bishop Charles J Sci­cluna dur­ing a Solemn Mass at St John’s Co-Cathe­dral, Val­letta, on Satur­day, 2 Septem­ber, at 6pm. The Mass will fol­low prayers for cre­ation which will be said in all churches in Malta and Gozo on 1 Septem­ber.

A clos­ing Mass will be cel­e­brated by Bishop Mario Grech, at the Con­ven­tual Fran­cis­can Church in Repub­lic Street, Val­letta, on Sun­day 1 Oc­to­ber at 10.30am.

The events mark­ing the Sea­son of Cre­ation, or­gan­ised jointly by the Church En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion (KA) and Nature Trust Malta (NTM), in­clude a visit to Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre on 24 Septem­ber at 9am. A talk on Pope Fran­cis’ En­cycli­cal Laudato Si’ will be de­liv­ered by Pro­fes­sor Paul Pace of the Univer­sity of Malta. A pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion will also be held in Gozo dur­ing the month of Septem­ber.

On 4 Oc­to­ber, a pub­lic meet­ing en­ti­tled ‘Laudato Si’: In­ter­faith and Sec­u­lar per­spec­tives on the care for cre­ation’, will be held at the Mil­len­nium Chapel, Paceville, from 7 to 9pm. Speak­ers in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Chris­tian faith, Jews, Mus­lims, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of en­vi­ron­men­tal NGOs and Mediter­ranean re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions. Mgr Alessan­dro D’Er­rico, the Apos­tolic Nun­cio to Malta, and Mr Kar­menu Vella, Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment, Mar­itime Af­fairs and Fish­eries, will also ad­dress the meet­ing. This meet­ing will pre­cede the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence ‘Our Ocean’, or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Union on 5 and 6 Oc­to­ber in St Ju­lian’s.

Mario Ca­men­zuli, KA chair­per­son said: “All Mal­tese are invited to re­flect and fo­cus on how they care for their en­vi­ron­ment, both in the home and out­side, and on how they can pos­si­bly make up for the dam­age to our com­mon home by an ego­cen­tric life­style. I en­cour­age you all to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions of Mass, to give thanks for the won­der­ful cre­ation we live in and to com­mit our­selves to its care. But please also or­gan­ise your own events, big or small, at your res­i­dence, street, parish, school or place of work. Let us know what you de­cide to do by writ­ing to us on cec­nt­”

Nature Trust Malta pres­i­dent Vin­cent At­tard said: “Malta’s en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges will in­ten­sify with the grow­ing im­pacts of cli­mate change – on sum­mer and win­ter tem­per­a­tures, rain­fall, the ero­sion of our coasts and sur­vival of our unique bio­di­ver­sity. All these added to the prob­lems we are fac­ing right now. The Chris­tian Sea­son of Cre­ation is an ideal mo­ment for cit­i­zens to fo­cus on what they can do and on what they be­lieve needs to be done by the au­thor­i­ties and key sec­tors of the econ­omy to de­liver so­lu­tions.”

The Sea­son of Cre­ation was ini­ti­ated in 1989 by the Ortho­dox Pa­tri­archy of Con­stantino­ple and is now ob­served by all Chris­tian churches world­wide. On Fri­day morn­ing, 1 Septem­ber, Pope Fran­cis will is­sue a mes­sage to mark the start of the sea­son. A net­work of in­ter­na­tional Chris­tian NGOs is co­or­di­nat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties around the world and or­gan­is­ing an on­line prayer ser­vice on 16 Septem­ber – www.sea­sonofcre­ – ad­dressed by the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury and other re­li­gious lead­ers.

Arch­bishop Charles J Sci­cluna

Bishop Mario Grech

Vince At­tard

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