Care for Creation: Listen to cry of earth and poor says Pope

“According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for each of the past three years, temperatures have hit peaks not seen since the birth of meteorology, and probably not for more than 110,000 years. The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is at its highest in 400,000 years.”

Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. On Wednesday, Pope Francis appealed for “a respectful and responsible attitude towards Creation”.

Speaking at his General Audience, the Pope said he and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Patriarch Bartholomew, had prepared a joint message which will be released today. The full statement may be read by clicking here.

He said that in that message “we invite all to assume a respectful and responsible attitude towards Creation.” The leaders also appeal “to all who occupy influential roles, to listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most from ecological imbalances”.

The day of prayer for the Care of Creation comes as an estimated forty million people have been affected by flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while tens of thousands flee the ravages of Harvey in Texas.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for each of the past three years, temperatures have hit peaks not seen since the birth of meteorology, and probably not for more than 110,000 years. The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is at its highest in 400,000 years.

While there have always been storms and hurricanes, climate change is making them wetter and more powerful. According to the Clausius-Clapeyron Equation, for every 0.5 °C rise in temperature, there is an approximate 3 per cent increase in atmospheric moisture content.

Since 1989 the Orthodox Church has commemorated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In the letter instituting the day for the Catholic Church in 2015, Pope Francis said the day offered “to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of Creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking His help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
The day also marks the beginning of the Season of Creation, which lasts till 4 October (Feast of St Francis).

You may read the full statement of Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis by clicking here.

This article by Susan Gately was provided by catholicireland.net.