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1, 2017 — Two years ago, Pope Francis declared Catholics would join their
Orthodox brothers and sisters and other Christians to formally mark September 1
as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople released
a joint environmental statement today for the World Day of Prayer for Creation.

urgent call and challenge to care for creation are an invitation for all of
humanity to work towards sustainable and integral development," the
statement said
. “We no longer respect nature as a shared gift; instead, we
regard it as a private possession. We no longer associate with nature in order
to sustain it; instead, we lord over it to support our own constructs."

by the Orthodox Church in 1989, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of
Creation now marks the beginning of the monthlong Season of Creation ending on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, a
campaign facilitated by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the Global
Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).

Season of Creation and other efforts are part of the response to Pope Francis’
2015 environmental encyclical Laudato Si’, in which he delivered a call to action
for people to be part of the solution to climate change.

pope referenced the occasion in his August prayer intention video, praying that
“artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the
beauty of creation.”

year, the GCCM invites us all to become “artists” and participate in the #BeautyOfCreation social media campaign by taking photos or videos of places in
nature where they appreciate the beauty of creation and adding the hashtag

we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, let us answer
Pope Francis’ invitation to all people ‘to adopt a respectful and responsible
approach toward creation,’” said Cecilia Calvo, Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice for
the advocacy office of the Jesuit Conference of
Canada and the United States
. She suggested that
individuals participate in the Season of Creation by taking the Ignatian Carbon Challenge or checking out the Jesuit Conference’s Environmental Justice efforts.

us look closely at how our life choices impact creation and the poor and
vulnerable at home and around the world. Let us hold in our hearts and pray for
all the people and families suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and
pray for their protection and safe recovery.”

are further resources for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

Read more about caring for our common home


      Taking Action

      • Global
        Catholic Climate Movement Season of Creation
        : The Season of Creation,
        running between September 1 and October 4, is a time when 2.2 billion
        Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. The website has ways to
        get involved with a prayer service and ideas for caring for the environment.
      • Promotio
        Iustitiae 106: Healing a Broken World
        : Developed through a task force
        at the appeal of Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Healing a Broken
        World suggests many different commitments and initiatives that can be
        undertaken at different levels of the Society of Jesus: conferences, provinces,
        communities and works.
      • Catholics
        Confront Global Poverty
        : A joint program of the USCCB and CRS, Catholics
        Confront Global Poverty have had regular action alerts on environmental justice
        issues since the release of Laudato Si’, the most recent calling on
        Congress to fully fund the Green Climate Investment Fund.
      • Catholic Climate Covenant:
        CCC’s website has an excellent advocacy action alert center, as well as the
        opportunity to get support to help institutions move toward environmental

        [Sources: CNSNortheast Province JesuitsCNSVatican Radio

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