Pope Francis has been interviewed by Austin Ivereigh and commented on “this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide, taking place during a worldwide pandemic, could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, for the world and for the whole of Creation.”
An interesting read from Pope Francis
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This is an “Apostolic Exhortation” – the first publication in his Papacy. It formalised and made official many of the views that he had vocalised in previous sermons and interviews since his election as Our Holy Father on 13 March 2013.
Encyclical letter – Laudato Si’ – by Pope Francis can be downloaded here.
“A revolution of our hearts and minds, a transformation of societies and lifestyles, to live in harmony with God’s creation. Everything is connected.” (Para 91).
Pope Francis calls for us to examine our hearts, positively adjust our social values and take action for global solidarity. He calls us to live in harmony with God’s creation. “We can co-operate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to their own culture, experience, involvements and talents. “(para 14).
With global inequality as it’s central theme, Pope Francis challenges the following:
- “the modern myth of unlimited material progress’”
- “the globalisation of indifference towards the suffering of others”
With global inequality as it’s central theme, as the poor are most affected by climate change and ecological imbalances but yet are the least responsible, Pope Francis highlights how the continuing unfair and unequal distribution of common goods such as food and natural resources prolong poverty and the worsening of the climate crisis.
With global inequality as it’s central theme, Pope Francis highlights how the close relationship between “the poor and the fragility of our planet” requires an integrated approach to find a solution.
With global inequality as it’s central theme, Laudato Si’ identifies that many lines of approach are required:
- The solution lies with each one of us. He calls for each one of us to play our part. He says “there is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” (para 211).
- The solution lies in our societies. “Society, through non-governmental organizations and intermediate groups, must put pressure on governments to develop more rigorous regulations, procedures and controls. Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment.” (Para 179).
- The solution lies in global dialogue and agreements. He calls for governments to take strong, united action on climate change and other ecological issues for the global common good. He cautions against ‘weak responses’ including from those who dismiss the dangers of climate change. He also calls for ‘enforceable international agreements’. “Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed, since local authorities are not always capable of effective intervention. Relations between states must be respectful of each other’s sovereignty, but must also lay down mutually agreed means of averting regional disasters which would eventually affect everyone. Global regulatory norms are needed to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions.” (Para 173).
In summary, we need to combat poverty, reach out to include the excluded and simultaneously protect the earth – our home.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ video message on the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’