Vatican City, Sep 1, 2017 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew sent a joint message Friday for the World Day of Care for Creation, which says that we have lost sight of our responsibility for God's creation, including our fellow human beings.
"The human environment and the natural environment are deteriorating together, and this deterioration of the planet weighs upon the most vulnerable of its people," stated the message, published by the Vatican Sept. 1.
"The impact of climate change affects, first and foremost, those who live in poverty in every corner of the globe. Our obligation to use the earth's goods responsibly implies the recognition of and respect for all people and all living creatures."
"The urgent call and challenge to care for creation are an invitation for all of humanity to work towards sustainable and integral development," it continued.