The recent fires in Greece and extreme weather in Italy also concern the Pope. Francis expressed his concern in two telegrams published Friday to the Greek and Italian bishops’ conference presidents.
He also called for more efforts to protect the climate and pledged his prayers for those affected and responders. The Pope is concerned about the damage and threat to life and limb caused by the fires in Greece, the telegram to Greek Catholic Bishop Petros Stefanou said.
Francis said he hopes the environmental risks exacerbated by the climate crisis will spur more extraordinary efforts for “the gift of creation.” The heavy rains in northern Italy and the heat wave in the country’s south have also caused damage and raised concerns among the population, the telegram to Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi says.
Courageous efforts needed
The events proved that courageous and far-sighted efforts are needed to face the challenges of climate change and responsibly protect creation. Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin signs the two papal letters.
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