Anglicans to join Catholics, Orthodox in prayer for creation
The Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment has called upon Anglicans to join Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in praying for the care of creation on September 1. “It will do us all good to stop, fast, think and pray about the need to care for God's good but fragile creation,” said Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam. “We live at a time when human activity has caused a dramatic reduction in the earth’s biodiversity and when people are causing climate change through our profligate use of fossil fuels.”
Prayers To Care For Creation
“As individuals, as institutions, as a people, we need a change of heart to preserve and protect the planet for our children and for generations yet unborn. (Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, US Catholic Bishops, 2001) “We also urge celebrants and liturgy committees to incorporate themes into prayer and worship that emphasize our responsibility to protect all of God’s creation and to organize prayerful celebrations of creation on feast days honoring St. Francis and St. Isidore.”
Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart
In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart. “It's not exterior things which make us holy or not holy, but it's the heart that expresses our intentions, our choices and the desire to do everything out of love for God,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 30.
Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of US society
While many parishes have gone through growing pains as new ways of doing things or ministries are adopted to help the newcomers feel at home, in the end parishioners largely have come to appreciate the diversity in worship, prayers and music. The full spectrum of the Catholic community has become more evident with the migration of Christians from the Middle East. The profiles of once largely unknown Melkites and Maronites, among others, have become more prominent as they take their place in various neighborhoods and the workplace.
Pope Francis in video link with US groups
Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff spoke with students at Cristo Rey High School, a Jesuit-run cooperative venture for students in inner-city Chicago; with parishioners in McAllen, Texas, an impoverished town on the Mexican border, and with participants in a Los Angeles program serving the homeless. The "virtual audience" will be broadcast by ABC News on Friday, September 4.