Contemplate, give thanks, protect: Pope Francis prays for creation

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September 1, 2015

Pope Francis leaves an evening prayer service to mark World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CREATION Sept. 1, 2015.

Pope Francis leaves an evening prayer service to mark World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.

During an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the pope prayed that God would “enlighten the lords of power and money so they would not fall into indifference, but would love the common good, encourage the weak and care for the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis announced in August that the Catholic Church would join the Orthodox Church in marking the prayer day Sept. 1 each year.

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