The Pope has called for 1 September to be commemorated annually as a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Pope said the planet was undergoing an “ecological crisis” and that the day of prayer would provide people with “a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation”.
In June 2015, Pope Francis authored a papal letter on the environment, titled Laudato Si, or ‘Praise be’. In the paper, he spoke out against profit-driven mismanagement of the world’s resources. He received praise from environmentalists and criticism from climate deniers, and also inspired more than 170 clerical leaders from around the world to send an open letter to US president Barack Obama calling for a halt to coal-burning power plants. The letter was followed by a petition started by retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, posted on Change.org, calling on world leaders to commit to a cleaner planet.
Pope Francis also addressed environmental issues during his trip to the US in September 2015, during which he delivered a speech to Congress and other august bodies.
Category: Summer 2015