Pope Francis calls for an ‘end’ to ‘the era of fossil fuel’ in Prayer for Creation message


by Michael Haynes, LifeSite News:

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Delivering his message, Francis spoke about synodality and his ecological concerns, combined under the theme of “Let Justice and Peace Flow.”

“Consumerist greed, fueled by selfish hearts, is disrupting the planet’s water cycle, he stated. “The unrestrained burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of forests are pushing temperatures higher and leading to massive droughts.”

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The 86-year-old Pontiff referenced “alarming water shortages” which affect communities both large and small, along with “freshwater” facing similar shortages due to “fracking for oil and gas extraction, unchecked mega-mining projects, and intensive animal farming.” Such statements, appearing to blame animal farming for “climate change” effects, echoes the rhetoric currently emerging from European politicians, seeking to implement crushing restrictions on Dutch farmers. 

Francis highlighted the goals of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, urging people to “prevent the worst from happening.”

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