Respect for the planet’s resources

Published on September 1, 2020


Pope’s prayer intention for September:

“take care of Creation responsibly”


Pope Francis releases a video message accompanying his prayer intention for September, which this month is for respect for the planet’s resources: that we “take care of Creation responsibly”.

In his prayer intention for September 2020, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that we learn to respect the planet’s resources. It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

The full text of the prayer intention is below:

We are squeezing out the planet’s goods.
Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange.

Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves
by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.”
Who is going to pay this debt?

In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals do abroad
what they would never be allowed to do in their own countries.
It’s outrageous.

Today, not tomorrow; today, we have to take care of Creation responsibly.

Let us pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered,
but shared in a just and respectful manner.

No to plundering; yes to sharing.

Each year, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is observed on September 1. The international celebration marks the beginning of the Season of Creation, which extends to 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

The Pope’s Video message can be viewed here: