Pope Francis Highlights Justice as Key Theme for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis Highlights Justice as Key Theme for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

...By Larry John for TDPel Media.

In his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023, Pope Francis emphasized the significance of justice as a virtue in a message for the upcoming World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.


The message, released on May 25, highlights God’s desire for justice to prevail, emphasizing its essential nature for human beings created in the image of God, much like water is crucial for physical survival.

The pope stressed the importance of living justly in all situations, adhering to God’s laws, and fostering the flourishing of life.

By seeking a right relationship with God, humanity, and nature, Pope Francis believes that justice and peace can flow abundantly, nourishing both humanity and all creatures.

Establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis initiated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015, designating it to be observed annually on September 1.

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This ecumenical day of prayer signifies unity with the Orthodox Church and marks the beginning of the Season of Creation, celebrated from September 1 to October 4, coinciding with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

The 2023 Season of Creation carries the theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow,” inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”


The Role of Laudato Si’ Week

The message for the 2023 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was released during Laudato Si’ Week, observed from May 21 to 28.

This week commemorates the eighth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ influential encyclical on the environment.

The Necessity of an Ecological Conversion

Pope Francis underscores the transformation of hearts as the first step towards caring for creation.

He refers to this process as an “ecological conversion,” urging individuals to renew their relationship with the natural world, recognizing it not as an object to exploit but as a sacred gift from the Creator.

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The pope invites people to reflect on the beauty of creation, considering it a testament to God’s act of creating the universe out of nothing and a continuous gift experienced by humanity.

Water Imagery and Urging Change

Throughout his message, Pope Francis utilizes water imagery, encouraging individuals to contribute to the “mighty river of justice and peace.”

He suggests practical steps, such as changing lifestyles and repenting of “ecological sins.”

He quotes the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, urging people to reduce waste production and consumption, be mindful of habits and economic decisions, exercise moderation and sobriety in resource utilization, promote recycling, and embrace sustainable alternatives.


Appeal to World Leaders and COP28

Pope Francis calls upon world leaders participating in COP28, the U.N. climate change conference later in the year, to prioritize science and swiftly transition away from fossil fuels in an equitable manner.

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He emphasizes the need to address the injustice faced by the poor and future generations who will bear the brunt of climate change’s adverse effects.

The pope urges individuals to raise their voices against this injustice, advocating for a sustainable and just future.


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