"In his message for the celebration of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation today, Pope Francis called on Catholics to go to confession for sins of not being respectful of creation, giving examples of examination of conscience such as 'avoiding the use of plastic and paper,' 'separating refuse' and 'turning off unnecessary lights.' He called on Catholics to have an 'ecological conversion.'
Recalling the year 2000 act of public repentance by Pope John Paul II for sins of 'religious intolerance, as well as for injustice toward Jews, women, indigenous peoples, immigrants, the poor and the unborn,' Pope Francis suggested public repentance by the Church for environmental sins. 'Let us repent of the harm we are doing to our common home,' he said."
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