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Pope Francis: “Climate change contributes to the heart-rending refugee crisis”

by Carlo Marroni

Pope Francis’s “Pastoral” focuses on the tragedy of migration: “Climate change will also contribute to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The poor of the world, though least responsible for climate change, are the most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” said the Pope in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

“When we mistreat nature, we also mistreat human beings,” said the Pope. Drawing on his 2015 encyclical “Praised be,” Bergoglio also called on the faithful to listen to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

The document follows the Pope’s decision to tackle the issue of migrants in the Holy See government.

Overall, the ecological and environmental issues continue to be at the center of the Bergoglio doctrine: “Economics and politics, society and culture cannot be dominated by thinking only of the short-term and immediate financial or electoral gains. Instead, they urgently need to be redirected to the common good, which includes sustainability and care for creation”

This is an appeal to governments and economic entities to abide by the climate agreements reached in the Paris conference.

“In the light of what is happening to our common home, may the present Jubilee of Mercy summon the Christian faithful to profound interior conversion, sustained particularly by the sacrament of Penance. During this Jubilee Year, let us learn to implore God’s mercy for those sins against creation that we have not hitherto acknowledged and confessed. Let us likewise commit ourselves to taking concrete steps towards ecological conversion,” said Francis.

It is, in short, a “mea culpa” about the damage caused to the environment by humans.