Pope Francis announces World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

August 24, 2015

Day of Prayer for Creation is ecumenical; September 1st has been a Day of Prayer for Creation for some time in the Orthodox Church. It was announced that Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually. In a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the Holy Father said he was acting on the suggestion of the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “There is a desire on the part of the Holy Father to have a convergence of certain gestures by certain religious leaders, especially when we are so close, and so related,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.
He made the announcement in a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

Full text of Pope Francis' letter announcing the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”

The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, on Monday August 17, 2015, sent greetings to a two-day Islamic Climate Change Symposium taking place in Istanbul. In a Message presented by Fr. John T. Brinkman, Cardinal Turkson called the on-going ecological crisis “the gravest and most intractable of all” the problems facing the modern world. “A great motivation which unites Christians, Muslims and many others is the firm belief in God,” the Message reads.
“This faith compels us to care for the magnificent gift he has bestowed upon us – and, God-willing, upon those, who will follow us. Our urgent action will surely be more effective if we believers of different religious communities find ways to work together.”

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