With this launch date, World Water Day, we are reminded that our commitment to work for the Integrity of Creation must be concrete and practical. Resources are available in various languages, and include a reflection on the celebration, the Pope’s declaration naming Francis the patron of ecology, a Eucharistic celebration, an ecumenical prayer, norms for an interreligious celebration, a Mayan Cross Prayer, Prayers of the Faithful and an article on Franciscan Spirituality.
Here is Pope John Paul II's letter proclaiming St. Francis Patron Saint of Ecology.
Today, the JPIC office in Rome has launched a new website to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the naming of Saint Francis as Patron of Ecology. Romans VI (the group of JPIC animators for the Franciscan Family) has prepared a series of resources to help us.
The date for the commemoration of Francis as Patron of Ecology is November 29. The JPIC office in Rome invites us all to prepare events/prayers/gatherings to commemorate this anniversary at times which are convenient for us and our partners including diocesan organizations, ecumenical groups, interreligious groups and all people of goodwill. Help to promote among all people a spirit of care for creation in the spirit of Francis. You might want to consider the possibility of linking this celebration with that of the Spirit of Assisi, which occurs every year on the 28th of October.
The JPIC Office in Rome also invites us to send them a short article about any celebration we might hold along with some photos. Please let us know and we will post them on Spotlight.
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