Pope Francis is unpopular with the institutional hierarchy
Pope Francis this week named pollution as ‘sinful’ and fighting Climate Change a ‘sacred duty’.
He called urgently for people to actively work to save the environment, proposing that the Catholic Church add such a duty to the list of “seven mercies,” which includes feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, which Catholics are required to perform.
“Humans are turning the planet into a polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation and filth,” the Pontiff said. Building on Laudato Si his Encyclical last year, he added that “The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact.”