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Response to the Cry of the Poor

Posted May 31, 2022

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The Response to the Cry of the Poor is a call to promote eco-justice and defend human life from conception to death, and all forms of life on Earth. 

One of the seven Laudato Si’ Goals, the Response to the Cry of the Poor is everyone’s cry because of “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet,” the common home we all share. (LS 16)

As we consider ways to “seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest” (LS 13), you are warmly invited to:

In solidarity with the world’s poor, we ask you to take a moment and join us in joyful hope with Pope Francis in prayer:

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. (LS 246)