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More than sixty Ennis residents came together on Tuesday 1st September to mark the first ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’.

The Day of Prayer was established by Pope Francis in order to bring people together to reflect, pray and act for the care of our common home.

A prayer service was held in the Poor Clare Convent and was attended by Franciscan friars, Poor Clare sisters, members of the Secular Franciscan Order and local residents.

Gifts from the earth – including vegetables, flowers and water – were laid at the altar as worshippers prayed in thanksgiving for all that the earth provides for us.

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Fr. Joe Condren, an Ennis-based Franciscan who is serving in Zimbabwe, preached at the service.

He said: “We come together in gratitude for the beauty of our world and we reaffirm our responsibility to take care of the gift of creation, a place where we meet God daily.”

Those attending were encouraged by the spirit of Saint Francis to have a deep reverence for creation as a central part of their faith.

As global leaders prepare to meet for climate talks in Paris this November, it is hoped people around the world will join hands to care for our environment.