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Last Sunday, we celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. During the Season of Creation between September 1 and October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, major Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican organizations have joined to encourage the 2.2 billion Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues.

In Laudato Si, the pope says: “The continued acceleration of changes affecting humanity and the planet is coupled today with a more intensified pace of life and work which might be called ‘rapidification.’… The goals of this rapid and constant change are not necessarily geared to the common good or to integral and sustainable human development…. Change is something desirable, yet it becomes a source of anxiety when it causes harm to the world and to the quality of life of much of humanity.”

Churches are organizing and supporting hundreds of events worldwide until October 4. Prayer services on six continents have been reported or are being planned, with lots of them being ecumenical in nature and with participation of local bishops and faith leaders.