Green religion meets Roman Catholic religion, establishes prayer day

pope crowdIt’s only natural for one religion to join another in saving Gaia. From The Guardian (H/T Raining Sky):

Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer “for the Care of Creation” to boost support for the environment, the Vatican said on Monday.

The first day of prayer next month coincides with the build-up to a global conference to roll back the peril of climate change.

“I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September,” the pope said in a letter released by the Vatican.

Francis said he had been inspired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, who have been praying for the environment on that date since the late 1980s.

“The celebration of this day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters,” the Pope said.

“We live at a time when all Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together, in order to be more credible and effective.”

The prayer day “will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation” and reflect upon “the adoption of appropriate lifestyles,” the letter said.

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