World Day of Prayer for Creation – Joint Message of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
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Below is the joint message of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1, 2017.
The story of creation presents us with a panoramic view of the world. Scripture reveals that, “in the beginning”, God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. At first, as we read in Genesis, “no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up — for the Lord God had not caused it to rain