Pope and Bartholomew issue joint appeal on Environment

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The joint message was not addressed to any specific world leaders.

Pope Francis has called for world leaders to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor", ahead of tomorrow's World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will feature a joint statement with Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I. Coping with floods in some of these regions, however, is a regular feature of life for the poor.

They said in the statement that human dignity and welfare were deeply connected to the care for the whole of creation, but they were now imperilled by actions that have led to the deterioration of the planet's natural environment. Instead of regarding nature and creation as a gift shared among everyone, we think we can rule over it like a private possession.

"We no longer associate with nature in order to sustain it; instead, we lord over it to support our own constructs", they explained, adding that we should be "God's co-operators" with creation.

"The impact of climate change affects, first and foremost, those who live in poverty in every corner of the globe", they assert.

Pope Francis has frequently made humanity's relationship to the environment a central theme of his pontificate.

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Pope Francis' contribution, with his encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home", is to emphasize just how closely entwined those problems are.

The pope's approach is also in keeping with the eco-theology of St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th-century saint whose name Francis chose for himself when he was elected pope.

For its part, the orthodox Church have been long time advocates for defending the environment with one of its leaders, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, taking part in the official launch of Laudato' Si in the Vatican in 2015.

The top clergymen wrote that they want those in positions of responsibility to follow the "consensus of the world for the healing of our wounded creation", which many read as a backing of the Paris climate accord, an agreement by 195 countries to reduce carbon emissions.

In the midst of the present ecological crisis of climate change and global warming, we place our trust in the Lord who 'makes all things new.' (Rev. 21:5) It is through prayer we ask God for HIs grace and assistance.