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Pope Francis sees the solution in more simple and respectful lifestyles

Pope Francis urged people to change their lifestyles and to take concrete action instead of empty words in his message communicated on the Fifth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, issued to young people raising their voice for the environment on 1 September.

The papal message published on the Vatican website states that human egoism and self-interest have turned creation, a place of encounter and sharing between people, “into an arena of competition and conflict.”

The Pope also said that
“something good in God’s eyes
has become something to be exploited
in human hands. Deterioration has increased in recent years, [...]
causing immense hardship
for the most vulnerable among us.”

“Melting of glaciers, scarcity of water, neglect of water basins and the considerable presence of plastic and microplastics in the oceans [...] testify to the urgent need for interventions that can no longer be postponed,” said Pope Francis, emphasising that “We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own.”

The Pope outlined three “recipes”, the first of which urged us to pray for a closeness to nature, and for the ability to listen to nature.

In addition, the head of the
Catholic Church urged people
to change their lifestyles, including
daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy and many other material goods. As he put it, “Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation. Let us make
an effort to change and to adopt
more simple and respectful
lifestyles!”

All around the world, increasing numbers of young people are raising their voice to protect the environment, and they want brave decisions. “They feel let down by too many unfulfilled promises, by commitments made and then ignored for selfish interests or out of expediency,” Pope Francis explained, and requested governments to prove at the United Nations Climate Action Summit starting on 23 September that there is a political will to take drastic measures to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

Pope Francis introduced the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015, to be held each year by the Catholic Church on 1 September Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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