Vatican City, Sep 1, 2020 / 03:40 am
Pope Francis released a message Tuesday for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in which he called for repentance for humanity's broken bonds with God's creation and with others.
"Today we hear the voice of creation admonishing us to return to our rightful place in the natural created order -- to remember that we are part of this interconnected web of life, not its masters. The disintegration of biodiversity, spiralling climate disasters, and unjust impact of the current pandemic on the poor and vulnerable: all these are a wake-up call in the face of our rampant greed and consumption," Pope Francis wrote in the message published Sept. 1.
"For the world was made to communicate the glory of God, to help us to discover in its beauty the Lord of all, and to return to him," the pope said.
Pope Francis suggested that the coronavirus pandemic presented a "decisive moment" for people to examine their habits of energy usage, consumption, transportation, and diet, to eliminate the superfluous and destruction aspects of our economies in favor of "life-giving ways" to trade, produce, and transport goods.