Pope’s “special request: that we take good care of creation — a gift freely given — cultivating and protecting it for future generations. Caring for our common home.”
“This month I make a special request: that we take good care of creation — a gift freely given — cultivating and protecting it for future generations,” Francis said. “Caring for our common home.”
The video closes with scenes of people outdoors enjoying nature, another cyclist recycling a cup, and even the sharing of a four-leaf clover for good measure.
In a press release from the Global Catholic Climate Movement Jesuit Fr. Frédéric Fornos, international director of the Apostleship of Prayer, said the February prayer intention “comes at a crucial time for humanity, addressing an area where we urgently need to make changes.”
“We need a conversation that brings us together, because we are all affected by environmental challenges, especially the poor and displaced,” Fornos said.
The video is the second released since the Vatican announced it as the new prayer intention format, which it produces with the Apostleship of Prayer international organization. The first video asked for peaceful, loving dialogue among people of different faiths. Also on Friday, news broke that Francis will meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba — the first ever meeting between leaders of the two Christian churches — as part of his upcoming trip to Mexico.
In April 2015, Francis made his universal prayer intention for the month, “That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift from God.” Two months later, he released Laudato Si’, the first papal encyclical to focus primarily on issues of ecology and the environment.