Bits and pieces of Pope Francis’s encyclical, scheduled for release Thursday, are coming out since an early draft of the document was leaked Monday. The Italian newsweekly L’Espresso leaked an Italian version of the document where Francis calls out climate change deniers and for action to curb global warming.
Pope Francis also proposes a new prayer to connecting faith with nature. Here’s one translation from the Italian text of the early draft of the encyclical.
The Pope’s Prayer for our earth at the end:High Lord,who art present in the whole universe,and in the smallest among your creatures,You who envelop with your tendernesseverything which exists,you pour into us the strength of your love,so that we can take careof life and beauty.Flood us with peace,so that we may live like brothers and sisterswithout harming anyone.Father of the poor,help us deliver the abandonedand the forgotten of this earththat mean so much to you.Restore our life,so that we may protect the world,not so that we may plunder it,so that we seed beauty,not pollution and destruction.Touch the heartsof those that only look for advantagesat the expense of the poor and of the earth.Teach us to discover the value of everything,to contemplate with wonder,to recognize our being deeply unitedwith all creatureson our path towards your infinite light.Thanks for being with us every day.Please support us in our fightfor justice, love and peace.
This prayer will be updated Thursday when the Vatican releases the final English translation.