On Sept 1st 2016, Pope Francis asks us to pray for creation…
“Believers and unbelievers agree that the earth is our common heritage, the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening to the world we live in? The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress, conceiving a new way of living, because we need a change that unites us all, free from the slavery of consumerism. This month I make a special request:that we may take good care of creation, a gift freely given, cultivating and protecting it for future generations, caring for our common home.”
What is being lined up?
Pope Francis’ message entitled “Show Mercy to our Common Home” will be presented on Thursday morning 1 September 2016 in the Vatican Press Hall. From its very title, the message situates our living-out of Laudato ‘Si squarely within the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We will have the message links from www.vatican.va available on this website from 6pm onwards on 1 September 2016.
The Archdiocese will be initiating a social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram. The themes of “Care of Creation” and “Show Mercy to our Common Home” will be portrayed through the use of social media posts. We are encouraging all Catholics and indeed, all parishes to take part in the activities which will run from 1 September to 4th of October 2016, memorial of St Francis of Assisi the Patron Saint of Ecology. More will be revealed soon.
What else can I do?
Participate in a Catholic Climate Petition
Support the Pope’s ecological call by participating in an international petition with the Global Catholic Climate Movement. They are collecting signatures around the world to show world leaders that we support Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The Catholic Climate Petition was recently endorsed by Pope Francis and calls on our world leaders to take important action on climate change for our future generations.
Pope Francis said:“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” If you agree, visit the website here.
Learn more about Laudato Si’
- The official Vatican site
- Our section on this website
- Read chapter 6 “Ecological education and spirituality”
- Watch the 5 minute video below
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are growing up? We need only to take a frank look at the facts to see our common home is falling into serious disrepair. These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. The faith of Christians motivates them to care for nature and for the poorest of their brothers and sisters. We should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst. An integral ecology includes taking time to reflect on our lifestyle and our ideals. Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”
Background: The Day of Prayer for Care of Creation is major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation began in 1989 under the leadership of the Orthodox Church. To learn more about this, click here.