During 1989 the Orthodox Church proclaimed September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Creation. In 2015 Pope Francis united the Roman Catholic Church with the Orthodox Church’s initiative. It was then extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Peace and Ecology.
The Pope has released a short video inviting the Universal Church to join him on September 1 – October 4, 2016 in praying for the common good of the earth and all humanity.
In his message Pope Francis states:
“Believers and unbelievers agree that the earth is our common heritage, the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening in 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.”
The Pope’s video message can be viewed here:
The Seasons of Creation website can be accessed here: