Day of Prayer of the Care of Creation: September 1

Established by Pope Francis, September 1 is a day for prayer, reflection and action to care for creation.

Day of Prayer of the Care of Creation

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for “the least of these.” (Mt 25:40)

The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.

The program’s distinctively Catholic foundation lies in Pope John Paul II’s 1990 World Day of Peace Message. . . and the Catholic bishops’ pastoral statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth.