Mercy2Earth shown around the world
When we realized Earth Day directly preceded Divine Mercy Sunday, it was clear that our movement had a moment to drive Pope Francis’ Show Mercy to Our Common Home Message:
God of mercy, may we receive your forgiveness
and convey your mercy throughout our common home.
Our Mercy2Earth campaign aimed to bring Catholics from around the world together to hold events and participate in the 8th Act of Mercy —Show Mercy for Our Common Home — declared by Pope Francis
Through online and grassroots mobilization, we had over 200 events hosted across 5 continents. Thousands of people participated.
Here are some powerful images of people across our beautiful Earth showing #Mercy2Earth.
Khipranwala Island, Karachi Coast, Pakistan
Caritas Pakistan Karachi, a humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in Pakistan, planted 3,000 mangrove saplings under their ongoing “One Million Tree Plantation Campaign” to fight against climate change and show mercy to our common home.
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Laudato Si’ Animators held a series of events. They were quite colorful — as the students wore green polos with the #Mercy2Earth program logo and held powerful signs. They wanted to make known to the entire community that we must, led by Pope Francis, pray and care for our common home.
Over 40 students of Bishop Okoye took the Holy Father’s message to the church community of 8,000 worshipers. Students spoke to worshipers on various themes of climate change and the moral imperative to save our common home. All those in attendance were inspired by the young people’s message.
In Shu Guang Catholic High School, Hsinchu — Taiwan, Sr. Valentine Oei SSpS with the help of Chen Jin Huei, explained the charity activity during Lent season for forty days to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with God ‘to care for our common home as a new act of mercy’, along with saving water, doing recycling, turning off unnecessary lights, reducing the leftover food, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, and spiritual acts of mercy. For forty days, the School Principal, Students, Teachers and Staffs, and the Gardener collected money to give those who are in need most
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Catholics came together for a weekend long retreat focused on bringing mercy to our common home through education, song, prayer, and a tree planting. They put together a beautiful, motivational video of solidarity.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
To celebrate Earth Day, the School Sisters of St. Francis planted a flowering crabapple tree.
(Sister Durstyne Farnan, OP)
San Pedro, Laguna Philippines
On Divine Mercy Sunday, our fellow Catholics celebrated a Mass and fed about 100 people in the Paradise Relocation Site in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines. The volunteers aim to continue the program to other relocation sites near the area.
Woodbury, Connecticut, United States
On Mercy Sunday, parishioners of St. Teresa of Avila church gathered on the lawn outside the front of the building and held a tree planting service to celebrate Mercy2Earth weekend. The tree planting activity was the idea of the parish’s Laudato Si’ Ministry and the service was led by pastor Fr. James Gregory, with prayers and scripture readings, and accompanied by members of the parish choir directed by Christopher Shea.
Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
At the end of their parish mass, keen parochials were invited to take home a sapling of native trees (Ipê amarelo e Quaresmeira) and plant them as an Act of Mercy to Earth.
Participants held an event to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership, care, and waste management.
Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
People gathered for prayer, meditation, and songs about creation.
Archidona, Napo, Ecuador
The Parish Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Youth Group and Catholic school students formed a granite of sand of #Mercy2Earth, our common home. Participants reflected on Pope Francis’s call: to take care of the planet and her ecosystems. The group’s work of mercy was to collect plastics and garbage from the banks of the Misahuallí River. Holy Mass was then held.
Wawa Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador
A workshop and a youth meeting was held at the Parish of the Assumption of Mary where people discussed the best ways to care for the Amazon and defend the Earth. Holy Mass was then celebrated.
San Esteban, Honduras
There was a march in San Esteban, Olancho on Earth Day. People called for an end to mining and then joined together in joy and reflection regarding mercy to Earth weekend.