Pope Francis has established 1 September as the world day of prayer for the care of creation, encouraging the Catholic communities around the world to pray for our common home. We prepare to celebrate the fourth annual World Day of Prayer in September 2018.
The annual Day of Prayer is inspired by his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared earth.
Pope Francis calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
“Pope Francis is calling us to an ecological conversion,” says Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Adviser at CAFOD. “His encyclical reminds us that we have a responsibility to our earth, each other and to generations yet to come.
“The World Day of Prayer is another opportunity for us to connect with our creator God and allow the Lord to redefine our relationship with the environment: from one of consumption and control to one of care and protection”.
Jenny Seymour is a volunteer for CAFOD Hallam
In the current political climate it is easy to feel exasperated by the world we live in and the impact current decisions may have on our children and also the wider world.
CAFOD’s Journey to Justice retreat
As Catholics who believe in God’s creation, CAFOD strives for a more just world that everyone can enjoy: where everyone has access to the same human rights. The word that underpins all of this is “justice”, a word that was embodied by Oscar Romero.
Archbishop Oscar Romero
100 years after his birth, Archbishop Romero continues to be an inspiration to CAFOD. To mark this anniversary, we are running a number of retreats across England and Wales called A Journey to Justice. The retreat will give those who attend the opportunity to reflect on their own journey, be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today and follow in the footsteps of the great Oscar Romero. It’s an opportunity to take time out to reflect in a busy world!
The day long retreats are FREE, but donations are always accepted (of course!).
Find your nearest retreat and register by clicking on the green button near the top of the page.
More than 100 people gathered together for an inspiring liturgy event to show solidarity with refugees in Middlesbrough.
The solidarity liturgy was attended by over 100 people
The event included prayer, music and reflection at The Holy Name of Mary Church in Linthorpe.
A Lampedusa Cross was on show at the liturgy, which is a symbol of hope for refugees.
The cross was made by Italian carpenter Francesco Tuccio, who used shipwrecked refugee boats in 2013. Aid agency CAFOD has sent one to every cathedral in England and Wales.