Pope Francis presided on September 1 at the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, with a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s basilica.
The service included readings from a canticle of the Book of Daniel, from the Book of Genesis, from the Gospel of St. Matthew, from the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’, and from St. Francis’ “Canticle of the Sun.”
In his homily the preacher of the pontifical household, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, said that God’s command to “Fill the earth and subdue it” called for stewardship rather than domination. He went on to say that when Jesus told his disciples not to worry about the future, his message was “do not worry about your future, but worry about the future of those who come after you.”
The service concluded with Pope Francis offering a blessing:
May your blessing act in us, O Lord, and transform us with your renewing power, so that we might be wholly disposed to the service of what is good.