WelCom September 2020
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
During the month of September 2020 Pope Francis’ Universal Prayer Intention is: Respect for the Planet’s Resources. We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato si’, which calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to care for our shared Earth.
He calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to ‘reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork. which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.’
Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, group celebrations of the World Day of Prayer will look different this year.
You are invited to download resources and prayers from dedicated Care for Creation websites and pray a creation liturgy at home or outdoors with those in your social bubble.
- Catholic Agency for Overseas Development – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Celebrate-World-Day-of-Prayer
- Season of Creation: seasonofcreation.org
- Institute of Sisters of Mercy Institute of Australia and Papua New Guinea: institute.mercy.org.au/the-care-of-creation/
- Earth Link (endorsed by the Sisters of Mercy): www.earth-link.org.au/index.html
Read more: Catholic Thinking – Creation, the Universe and Ecological Conversion