Pope: Change habits, protect the earth, help others

The cover of the Laudato Si’ Reader (CNS/Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Despite the disappointing outcome of the COP26 summit on climate change, Pope Francis said he knows it is not too late for humanity to act to combat environmental destruction and increasing poverty. Source: Crux.

The ecological crisis, the social crisis of poverty and exclusion, and the health care crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic are calling out “for us to change gear, to change bad habits in order to be able to dream, co-create and act together to realise just and equitable futures”, the Pope wrote in the preface to the Laudato Si’ Reader.

The book, available in print and as a free e-book from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, includes the preface from Pope Francis, a message from António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, and reflections by dozens of people involved in Catholic environmental, peace or charitable agencies, ambassadors, scientists, academics, young people, farmers and Indigenous people.

In his preface, Pope Francis wrote that the pandemic makes it clearer than ever that “it is time to develop a new form of universal solidarity that is grounded in fraternity, love and mutual understanding: one that values people over profit, one that seeks new ways to understand development and progress. And so, it is my hope and prayer that we do not come out of this crisis the same way we entered it!”

With so many young people so committed to fighting climate change and advocating for a more human way of organising social and economic life, he said, “we must listen to them with open hearts. We must follow their lead, for they are wise beyond their years”.


Change bad habits, protect the earth, help others, Pope says in new book (By Cindy Wooden, CNS via Crux

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