Pope Francis on Environment



Protect the Amazon region's cultural and natural vibrancy

For most of the lengthy document titled Querida Amazonia--or "Dear Amazon"--Pope Francis focused on climate change, and the struggle to protect the Amazon region's cultural and natural vibrancy.

Laying out what he calls his four "dreams" for the region, Francis called for "an Amazon region that 'fights for the rights of the poor,' that 'preserves its distinctive cultural riches,' that 'jealously preserves its overwhelming natural beauty' and lastly, that the Christian communities might be 'capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the Amazon region,' " as the official Vatican News reports.

Source: Bill Chappell, "Men As Priests", on National Public Radio , Feb 12, 2020

Amazon is not an inexhaustible source of resources

In the middle of Peru's Amazon jungle, Pope Francis delivered a speech stressing ecology and issuing a strong appeal for protection of the Amazon region, which he said is not an "inexhaustible source of resources," while also insisting that human life has equal, if not greater, value.

"We know of the suffering caused for some of you by emissions of hydrocarbons, which gravely threaten the lives of your families and contaminate your natural environment," he said.

There are movements, the pope told a stadium with some 4,000 people from the Amazonian region, trying to preserve the forest that also "hoard great expanses of woodland and negotiate with them, leading to situations of oppression for the native peoples." Saving the trees and wildlife, in other words, is not good enough, if the people who live in the region are not equally protected.

Source: CruxNow.com, "Pope in Amazon," by Inés San Martín , Jan 19, 2018

Avert serious effects of environmental deterioration

Business is a noble vocation directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity from the area in which it operates, especially if it assists the creation of jobs as an essential job of its purpose to the common good. This common good also includes the Earth. A central theme of the encyclical which I recently [released was that we should view our world as] our common home. We need a conversation which includes everyone since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots concern and effect us all.

I call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference, I'm sure. And I have no doubt that the United States, and this Congress, have an important role to play.

Source: Pope Francis' address to Congress during 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 24, 2015

Stewards of God's creation give world to future generations

Pope Francis issued the first-ever papal encyclical on the environment. Here are some of the pope's strongest statements on the environment:
Source: National Geographic, "Pope's statements on Environment" , Sep 20, 2015

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