Wildfires have been spreading across Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and there are no signs of the fires stopping any time soon. Let's create a worldwide chain of prayer!
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UPDATE ON THE SITUATION
Since July, the Amazon rainforest has been experiencing devastating fires. This is due to ongoing deforestation and drought. The rainforest alone absorbs around 14% of the world's CO2 and its total disappearance would be catastrophic for the ecosystem as well as irreversible.
As the fires have intensified in recent days, a global call for prayer has been launched with the hashtags #PrayfortheAmazon and #Prayforamazonia.
God listens to our prayers and comes to our aid when we call for help. Let's unite together in prayer to save our planet!
We will keep you updated on the situation and keep you informed on our calling through the teaching of Laudato Si!
‘I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.’ - Pope Francis, Laudato Si
Lord, we ask forgiveness for our sins, especially for those committed against our Earth.
Almighty God, deliver us from the horror of these fires that ravage our beautiful planet.
God of love, we want this call to prayer to be an opportunity for billions of people to encounter you.
Help guide us towards better use of our natural resources and become better stewards of this world.
God our Father, we love you and we worship you. Hear our prayers and grant them through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer from the community
A prayer for our Earth - Pope Francis
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
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