October 4 is widely known for the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. It also marks the end of the Season of Creation month. This year, Pope Francis, Church leaders and indigenous communities planted a tree that will live in the Vatican gardens.
The ceremony was organised and hosted in collaboration with The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Franciscan Friars (JPIC-PFM), and Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM). It was indeed historic as GCCM invited the Franciscan Institute, ministry of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, to be part of the event and other synod activities hosted in Rome by the GCCM during the month of October.
The institute’s representative and GCCM steering committee member Analisa Ramsahai gave an account of the events which occurred October 4–6.