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Friday, September 11, 2015

Strategic CSR - The Pope

On the eve of the Pope's visit to the U.S., it is good to know that the protection of the environment recently received some Divine intervention:
 
"Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer 'for the Care of Creation' to boost support for the environment, the Vatican said on Monday. … 'I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the 'World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation' which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September,' the pope said in a letter released by the Vatican."
 
As the article in the url below notes, prayer for the environment on September 1 has apparently been a long-standing tradition:
 
"Francis said he had been inspired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, who have been praying for the environment on that date since the late 1980s."
 
Given that the state of the environment has only continued to worsen since the 1980s, however, it may be that God is not listening, or perhaps we need to pray harder. Or, of course, we could all just change our behavior.
 
Have a good weekend.
David
 
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Pope creates global prayer day for the environment
Associated Press
August 10, 2015
The Guardian