Pope Francis has announced he will issue a new document on the protection of nature because a “terrible world war” against the environment is taking place.
Speaking at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis said the document would be issued on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment.
It is a follow-up to his influential 2015 encyclical – the highest form of papal writing – which spoke of the need to protect the environment, face the dangers and challenges of climate change and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Describing nature as a “sacred gift from the creator”, the Pope urged people to take the side of the “victims of environmental and climatic injustice”.
He called for an end to “the senseless war on our common home – it is a terrible world war”.
United States climate envoy and former secretary of state John Kerry told Reuters in an interview in June after meeting the Pope that the 2015 encyclical had a “profound impact” on the climate conference that year which set goals to limit global warming.
Francis said last month such events showed more urgent action was needed to tackle climate change and appealed to world leaders “to do something more concrete to limit polluting emissions”.
He said the new document would be an Apostolic Exhortation, another form of papal writing.
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