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Both the pope, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, and the patriarch, leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, expressed an urgent need in their appeal for global powers to take action to stave off the ravages of environmental degradation.

In a joint statement, Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, appealing to political leaders to "support the consensus of the world", and help heal a wounded creation.

The Pope instituted September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic calendar in 2015, in an ecumenical move that joined the Orthodox Church - which has marked the day since 1989.

They underscored how the planet's deterioration weighed upon the most vulnerable and how climate change's impact mainly affected those living in poverty.

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In a strongly-worded message the two Christian leaders come together for the first time to condemn what they say is a "morally decaying scenario" where corporate greed is destroying the natural environment.

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However, the message continued, our attitude and behavior towards creation has over time obscured our calling as God's "co-operators".

"We no longer respect nature as a shared gift; instead, we regard it as a private possession".

The faith leaders also point to "climate change" as the source of numerous ecological woes afflicting the planet. "On this occasion, we wish to offer thanks to the loving Creator for the noble gift of creation and to pledge commitment to its care and preservation for the sake of future generations", they announce.

"We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and attend to needs of the marginalized", Francis and Bartholomew said in a joint statement.

One thing we should all pray for is a change in our perception of the world and the way we interact with it, they continued, stating that the goal of the promise to care for creation "is to be courageous in embracing greater simplicity and solidarity in our lives".