On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis released his September prayer intention video for the protection of the seas and oceans.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was instituted by Pope Francis in 2015 and is celebrated annually on the first of September. He says the day is a “ecumenical prayer, which raises the awareness and commitment to protect our common home, starting from a more sustainable personal and family lifestyle”, ecumenical as the Orthodox Church instituted the same in 1989.

In honor of the day, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention for the month of September, that we pray “politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.”

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for the month of September:

“Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them are threatened for various reasons.

Creation is a project of love given by God to humanity.

Our solidarity with the ‘common home’ is born from our faith.

Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.”

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