Season of Creation (1 September- 4 October) Begins with World Day of Prayer

27 August 2017 | Australia

In 2015, Pope Francis designated 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church, encouraging all members of the Catholic community to 'rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation'. This week he has called 1 September “an opportunity to strengthen the common commitment to safeguard life, respecting the environment and nature.”


The World Day of Prayer begins the Season of Creation which culminates in the Feast day of St Francis on 4th October.

During this season you might like to pray again the prayer for the Earth, written by Pope Francis. You could pray it in sections over 7 days, taking time to reflect on each verse, or you might like to pray the complete prayer, daily or weekly. You will find both formats in our Spirituality section here

Pope Francis has also recorded a video for the World day of Prayer which you might like to view.


The Season offers an invitation to take the Laudato Si' pledge which has three aspects to it:

• Pray for and with creation;
• Live more simply;
• Advocate to protect our common home.

You might also like to visit the Season of Creation website and engage in the suggested activities or use some of the resources.