- Jul 12, 2020
Perhaps we can’t judge the impact of Pope Francis on politics by the usual measures, because, befitting his Argentinian populist outlook, he’s more interested in horizontal rather than vertical change.
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.
Women religious, and Sisters of Mercy in particular, attended several climate protests and stood out by wearing purple “Mercy for Justice” T-shirts and carrying pre-made signs with messages: “The climate crisis is a moral issue” and “Mercy for the earth.”
Thousands of Catholics around the nation participated in last week’s climate strike.
“Brother Francis,” according to indigenous leader Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, is “risking his life” for the Amazon, ticking off Russia, China, the US and Europe as global powers unhappy with the pope’s efforts to shine a spotlight on the situation in the region.