Catholic Institutions Come Together For Fossil-Fuel Divestment

In the liturgy, we hear the priest say during the Eucharistic prayer:

There, with the whole of creation, freed from the corruption of sin and death, may we glorify you through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

The USCCB has given us Prayers of Petitions to use for God’s creation:

O Lord, grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to end the suffering of the poor and bring healing to all of your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to use our technological inventiveness to undo the damage we have done to Your creation and to sustain Your gift of nature.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Pope Francis has spoken out strongky in Laudato Si for caring for all creation:

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.

It is good to see these values so present in our liturgies coming to fruition. Catholic institutions across the world are coming together to form the biggest faith-based fossil-fuel divestment, joining the likes of the Church of England and the Islamic Society of North America. 40 different Catholic institutions have all announced their intentions to significantly decrease the amount of fossil fuels they use.



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