The pope decreed that the network, founded in France in 1844 and focused on the spirituality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, would now be a papal institution based at the Vatican. It is now known as the “Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network” Vatican Foundation.
In a press release, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network explained that this month’s video accompanying the prayer intention “has the support of BIP, one of the principal consultancies in Europe with more than 3,500 employees throughout the entire world.”
The network quoted Nino Lo Bianco, the president of the international consultancy firm, as saying: “Our mission as a company is to aspire to sustainable and integrating economic growth that values and protects our planet.”
“We’ve decided to support Pope Francis’ message to all of humanity because we’re firmly committed to participating actively in the development of solutions and activities oriented towards improving and administrating a positive impact on communities and the environment through our work.”
Commenting on the pope’s September prayer intention, Fr. Frédéric Fornos, S.J., international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, said: “Once again, Francis’ words cannot leave us indifferent. In the face of the ecological crisis, it is urgent that we change our lifestyle to make it reflect simplicity and solidarity. Are we aware of this urgency?”
“When the pope speaks to us of integral ecology, he’s telling us that everything is interconnected in our lives. Words are no longer enough to protect our common home.”
“Let us pray that we will act with the courage of the young, to live a more austere and ecologically sustainable life that will ensure our future. In Laudato si’, Francis proposes to us a path, a return to simplicity, to fraternity with Creation and those most in need.”
Concluding his video address, the pope said: “Let us pray that we all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this.”
“And they aren’t foolish, because they are committed to their own future. This is why they want to change what they will inherit at a time when we will no longer be here.”
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