Pope Francis has established September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The Season of Creation also runs from Sep.1 to Oct. 4 (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year.
We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth, our common home.
“Listen to the voice of creation” is the theme and invitation of this year’s Season of Creation. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 2022, Pope Francis calls on us to use the season to "cultivate our ecological conversion” and to pray together in “the great cathedral of Creation”.
There are many ways to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for the gift of God’s creation – why not take some time out of your day on 1 September to walk in your local park or take a few moments to thank God for the flowers growing in your garden?
"The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God."
Pope Francis - Laudato Si' #84