Anglicans with the Pope
· The Church of England joins the World Day of Prayer ·
Bishop Nicholas Holtam of Salisbury and head of environmental issues for the Church of England has invited his community to join Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the entire Anglican Communion, and all Christians to fast and pray for the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Tuesday, 1 September. “Pope Francis”, Bishop Holtam writes, “established the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for the Catholic Church to celebrate every year”.
In a letter dated 10 August and sent to the President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, and President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Anglican prelate recalls that the Pope wrote that “The celebration of this Day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters. We live at a time when all Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together, in order to be more credible and effective. It is my hope that this Day will in some way also involve other Churches and ecclesial Communities, and be celebrated in union with similar initiatives of the World Council of Churches”. Thus, Nicholas Holtam underlines “the duty of the Church of England, together with other Christian confessions including the Orthodox Church — which has celebrated a day of prayer for the environment on 1 September since 1989 — and the Catholic Church, in transitioning to lowering carbon emissions in the future”.
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