Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

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August 10, 2015

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 26. The pontiff officially opened online registration for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS July 27, 2015.

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.

The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis announced his decision to add the annual prayer day to the Catholic calendar in a letter to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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