The day of prayer is in keeping with the theme of the Holy Father’s Laudato Si. It is also seen as a sign of unity with the Orthodox Church, which established Sept. 1 as a day to celebrate creation in 1989.
Members of both Churches appealed for the release of two Syrian archbishops kidnapped by armed thugs while on a humanitarian mission.
The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism.
The Holy Father urged the restoration of solidarity as a ‘social value,’ noting that much of the business and economic world does not hold it in high esteem.
The Pope reminds Christians to open the door to the ‘holy people of God, a simple people, who want to get closer to Jesus.’
The Pontifical Yearbook reports 3,000 new priests in the two continents in 2011 and that in the last 10 years the numbers increased by 39.5% in Africa and 32% in Asia.
The students’ brief ignores Catholic moral objections to the embryo-killing medical practice.
The Holy Father's Sept. 30 Angelus address