- Sep 19, 2020
Pope Francis encouraged global initiatives for the protection of the environment, especially in Mauritius after a devastating oil spill threatened the livelihood of the island nation’s inhabitants and wildlife.
This week Pope Francis inaugurated a week of online celebrations at the Vatican commemorating the 5th anniversary of the publication of his eco-encyclical Laudato Si, opening a wider year-long commemoration of the document aimed at spurring the world to adopt more sustainable practices.
“Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, toward forms of clean energy,” Pope Francis said as he marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
In the spirit of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, ‘Laudato Si’,’ religious and indigenous leaders from dozens of countries met in Norway to discuss the dangers of deforestation and climate change. The initiative plans to find new ways to protect the planet and indigenous people with interreligious cooperation.
“The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going,” Pope Francis said during his general audience at St. Peter’s Square May 31. Hope “collects the wind of the Spirit and transforms it into energy,” the pope continued, adding that we must share that hope not only with those who need it the most, but also with God’s creation.