- Feb 17, 2020
On Thursday top Vatican officials hailed Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, recently named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for her environmental advocacy, as a “great witness” of Church teaching on care for creation and the human person.
Catholic organizations called for greater personal responsibility in tackling climate change and stepped up their advocacy in opposing the rollback of U.S. environmental regulations during the last year.
Dan Misleh, founding executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, says Catholics are “still in” the fight for action on climate change.
During his two-day trip to Sweden, on Tuesday Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for All Saint’s Day and offered a new list of beatitudes, including “blessed are those who protect and care for our common home” and “blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”
On a day marked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as a day of prayer for creation, Pope Francis on Thursday reaffirmed that he regards environmental damage such as global warming as a serious sin against creation and wants Christians to resist it.