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Sr. Eppie finds joy in hugging a special child in Regina RICA

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Pope Francis Institutes World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Vatican Confirmed Day Will Be September 1st Every Year
Vatican City, August 10, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov
Pope Francis has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated each year on September 1st.
Francis made this announcement in a letter he sent to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, which was published by the Holy See Press Office this morning.
In the letter, the Pope reaffirmed how part of our responsibility as Christians involves resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, he stressed, we must first rediscover in our own “rich spiritual patrimony” the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation and how Jesus lived in the world.
Recalling his encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’, Francis stressed that the ecological crisis summons us to a ‘profound spiritual conversion': “Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.” (217)
“The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live,” he said.
The celebration of this day on the same date as the Orthodox Church, the Holy Father stated, will provide 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,” he said, noting it is his 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.”
Before concluding, Pope Francis invoked upon this initiative the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose Canticle of the Creatures, he noted, “inspires so many men and women of goodwill to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation.”
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Pope’s Letter for Institution of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
“The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation…”
Vatican City, August 10, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter |
Below is the text of the letter Pope Francis sent today to Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, establishing the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” to be celebrated every year on September 1:
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To my Venerable Brothers
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Cardinal Kurt KOCH
President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity
Sharing the concern of my beloved brother, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for the future of creation (cf. Laudato Si’, 7-9), and at the suggestion of his representative, Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamum, who took part in the presentation of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home, I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September, as has been the custom in the Orthodox Church for some time.
As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation. We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.).
The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live. 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.
I ask you, Cardinal Turkson, as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to inform the Justice and Peace Commissions of the Bishops’ Conferences, as well as the national and international organizations involved in environmental issues, of the establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, so that, with due regard for local needs and situations, it can be properly celebrated with the participation of the entire People of God: priests, men and women religious and the lay faithful. For this reason, it will be the task of your Council, in cooperation with the various Episcopal Conferences, to arrange suitable ways of publicizing and celebrating the Day, so that this annual event will become a significant occasion for prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate lifestyles.
I ask you, Cardinal Koch, as President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, to make the necessary contacts with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and with other ecumenical organizations so that this World Day can serve as a sign of a common journey in which all believers in Christ take part. It will also be your Council’s responsibility to ensure that it is coordinated with similar initiatives undertaken by the World Council of Churches.
In expressing my hope that, as a result of wide cooperation, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be inaugurated and develop in the best way possible, I invoke upon this initiative the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of goodwill to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation. As a pledge of spiritual fruitfulness, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, Eminent Brothers, and to all those who share in your ministry.
From the Vatican, 6 August 2015
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
FRANCISCUS
[Original text: Italian]
(August 10, 2015) © Innovative Media Inc.

Sr. Eppie who was inspired by Pope Francis encyclical LAUDATO SI composed a prayer for the environment. We share them to all who read this message.
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What our pilgrims say about Regina RICA

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After our Radio Veritas program Sr. Eppie finds a new ministry of accompaniment

After our Radio Veritas program,Sacred space on the air 10pm -11 pm, Sr. Eppie took particular notice on a young girl who was seated on the side walk as if waiting for somebody. She was thinly clad, I mean she was on a spaghetti strapped sexy blouse and in short shorts. Sr. Eppie gave time and talked to her as if 11pm was not yet late for her (Sr. Eppie).
These happened every after Radio Veritas which started in mid July 2015. At one time she told Sr. eppie she needed money to give medicines to her ailing father and she did know of any work. Then the following week her father died. Sr. Eppie continued to give her time and financial help.
These week was a big transformation when she already wore modest clothes and this time the only person she waited was none other than Sr. Eppie who gave her rice, viand and some money.
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