Pope Francis's prayer reflection for September, 2019 Protecting the Oceans
Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans. Pope Francis – September 2019 Hello. Today, I’d like to speak to you about something that’s very important and that weighs on my heart: to speak about the oceans. Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of which are threatened for various reasons. And we are not aware of this, or we don’t want to take responsibility. Let’s not forget that one of every two breaths I take is thanks to the oceans. A month ago, I had a meeting with a group of fishermen. Seven of them told me this: “During the last months we gathered 6 tons of plastic.” This is the death of the oceans. It is the death of every living being. It is my death. Creation is a project of love, of the love God gives to humanity. An interdisciplinary approach to deal with the threats caused by the unjust management of our seas will help us to face this great challenge. And with this our survival is at stake. Our solidarity with the “common home” is born from our faith. Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.