Pope Francis has called for urgent action to stop climate change and proposed that caring for the environment be added to traditional Christian works of mercy such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick.
He said the worst impact of global warming was being felt by those who were least responsible for it – refugees and the poor.
His provocative encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’, describes man’s destruction of the environment as a sin and accuses mankind of turning the planet into a “polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation and filth”.
The Holy Father called for care for the environment to be added to the seven spiritual works of mercy outlined in the Gospel.
Have we changed our behavior since the Year of Mercy?