BY ISN STAFF | February 5, 2016
ROME, ITALY – Today Pope Francis released a video asking people of the world to unite with him in prayer for the care of creation. This is the second video of the monthly campaign of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, through which Pope Francis calls men and women everywhere to pray in solidarity in response to diverse challenges facing humanity. The prayer network is coordinated by Apostleship of Prayer, a U.S. Jesuit spirituality ministry based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
February’s Pope Video focuses on ecology and the care of creation. Rev. Frédéric Fornos, S.J., international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network said, “The prayer intention for February comes at a crucial time for humanity, addressing an area where we urgently need to make changes. The Pope asks us to unite in respect for creation and to act to preserve the natural world for future generations. We need a conversation that brings us together, because we are all affected by environmental challenges, especially the poor and displaced.”
Tomás Insua, the global coordinator of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), which is a partner of the Pope Video release, added: “The Pope Video is a compelling follow up of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, reinforcing his powerful call to action to care our common home. And it is a very timely message, given that governments and society as a whole need to put into practice the recent Paris Climate Agreement by taking bold action to tackle the climate crisis.” Ignatian Solidarity Network is a GCCM partner and worked to promote the GCCM message to Pope Francis this past spring when Pope Francis released Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
The first Pope Video in January, subtitled in ten languages, has already registered more than 5 million online views and a potential daily audience of more than 114 million people. It seeks to raise awareness about the need for interreligious dialogue, another of the grave challenges facing humanity.