Care for Our Common Home


In 2015 Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which is annually celebrated on September 1st. It coincides with a similar celebration established by the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is therefore also a day of ecumenical prayer. Read Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: Show Mercy to Our Common Home

Read the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales document The Call of Creation: God's Invitation and the Human Response; The Natural Environment and Catholic Social Teaching (2002)



Laudato Si (Praise Be to You) is Pope Francis' second encyclical letter addressed to all of humanity on environmental issues, our place in creation and our responsibility to our common home. In his letter Pope Francis calls us to an ecological spirituality whereby we find beauty in every moment and are drawn towards a simpler life in which we find joy and peace.  In the English language title Care for our Common Home he makes a passionate call to all people to take "swift and unified global action" to combat the enviromental and social destruction in our world"

To read a summary of Laudato Si by Alan Rew, a Worth Abbey parishioner, click here

Copies of the encyclical are available in the Abbey Bookshop or click on the image to read the text



In his February prayer intention Pope Francis reinforces the core messages of Laudato Si asking people across the globe to do their part in "caring for our common home"  and to discover "a new way of living"


How Can We Respond to Laudato Si in Prayer and Action?


CAFOD has a variety of resources to help people learn and reflect on Pope Francis' teaching and find direction on ways to repond. We can take action, both as individuals and and as a parish, to his call to care for the world's poorest people and for the earth, our common home:

The Encyclical Lifestyle Sheet is full of practical ideas of ways you can live lightly on God's earth. 

Pope Francis calls for us to make simple daily gestures to help combat climate change, the single biggest threat to reducing poverty that exists today. We can reduce the impact of global warming on our environment by taking individual actions to live more sustainably

Live Simply That Others May Simply Live

CAFOD's livesimply award is a way of putting our faith into action in our parish, enabling us to strengthen the bonds of community, nourish our spiritual life and care for God's gift of creation


Praised Be: a prayer inspired by Laudato Si      


Living God, have mercy on us, for the times we forget that we belong to each other. You call us to be still, to hear the whisper of our Sister Wind, to feel the radiance of our Brother Sun and to be nourished by Mother Earth. Renew us in your healing love

Inspire us to water the earth, and nurture one another, so all may flourish. Together, as one family, may we always sing your praise. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen (Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD)



Click on the links below for reflections for adults, young people and children:

Laudati Si reflection for adults

An animated version of Laudato Si  for young people

An animated version of Laudato Si for children


Useful links: click on the image for more details

Green-Christiana   Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary Times, working for change in churches and the green movement      
Eco-churcha   Eco-Church is an award scheme designed to motivate and resource churches in England and Wales to care for God's earth as part of their everyday work and witness It was launched at St Paul's on 26th January, 2016      





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