Pope blasts ‘consumerist greed’ on World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

by | May 25, 2023 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis condemned “consumerist greed” and “selfish hearts” as responsible for the climate crisis in his yearly message for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which occurs on Sept. 1 and was presented at the Vatican on Thursday (May 25).Inspired by the words of the Prophet Amos, the pope chose “let justice and peace flow” as the theme for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which he established in 2015 alongside the publication of his encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’.”
Francis said his message was inspired by the Indigenous and Catholic pilgrimage site Lac Ste. Anne in Canada, which he visited last summer. Standing before the lake and “surrounded by the beating of drums,” the pope said he was reminded “of the maternal heartbeat of the earth.”
“During this Season of Creation, let us dwell on those heartbeats: our own and those of our mothers and grandmothers, the heartbeat of creation and the heartbeat of God,” Pope Francis said in his message. “Today they do not beat in harmony; they are not harmonized in justice and peace.”
Pope Francis blesses faithful as he arrives at the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site in Alberta, Canada, July 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Modern societies, more interested in profit than in future generations, are responsible for the disharmony between humanity and the environment, the pope said. “Consumerist greed, fueled …

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