Joint message from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Day of Prayer for Creation

VATICAN (SE): While joint statements from popes and ecumenical patriarchs have a longish history, the most recent one signed by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is the first expressing the concern for the well-being of creation held by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. 
Released on the World Day of Prayer for Creation marked on September 1, the two religious leaders issued an appeal to all people to look at the state of the environment of our world today with alarm, and have mercy upon both the natural environment and the poorest of the poor who are suffering the most from the negative consequences of its destruction.
 
The straightforward language of the message...