Sunday, 1 November, has been set aside as the International Day of Prayer for Climate Justice. Christians throughout the world will take part in this global prayer event which will focus on praying for the success of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris from 30 November – 11 December 2015.
The publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si marks a radical change of emphasis in Catholic Social Teaching and spirituality that links care for creation with respect for human dignity in an “integral ecology.” The UN Climate Summit has, after years of ineffectual UN Climate Summits, been described as a “make or break” event and as the international community’s “last-chance saloon” to take concerted action on climate change.
The aim of the Conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement from all the nations of the world, to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
The SMA will mark this day by having Prayers in our SMA communities and Parishes in Ireland. Join us in prayer, from your home or wherever you are, on Sunday, 1 November.
Together we will pray that world leaders attending the Conference will reach a meaningful treaty and that we as individuals and communities will act for climate justice by showing greater care for creation in our daily lives. Click on this link – A Prayer for the Earth – to read and pray this prayer from Laudato Si’.
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