Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

November 13, 2013

  Scott Wright, CCAO Director

“Let us be renewed by God’s mercy. . . . Let us be channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” – Pope Francis

This month’s E-Bulletin is focused on care for creation and environmental justice. For many years now, Columban missionaries throughout the world have witnessed the destructive impact of fossil fuels and global warming on the communities and people with whom they work and live.

As we were putting together these articles, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, devastating villages and communities in its wake, and bringing with it a tragic loss of at least 10,000 people. In our E-Bulletin, Columban Father Sean McDonagh, who served many years in the Philippines, shares his reflections on these “heart-breaking scenes” of human tragedy.

A few years ago, Fr. McDonagh was honored for his life-long commitment to “raising awareness that there is a strong connection between global poverty and environmental degradation . . . and global warming as a moral imperative.”

May we all, by our prayers and by efforts to advocate with and on behalf of the poor and of creation, be worthy of this Gospel call, in Pope Francis’ words, “to protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”