Pope Francis Calls on 'Young People' to Hear ‘Anguished Plea of the Earth’
Pontiff urges 'the safeguarding of the environment' in letter
Pope Francis told fledgling economists and entrepreneurs that the world needs a different kind of economy, according to the letter for an upcoming event.
In the letter, the Pontiff said of a new economy, “one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it.”
The event titled “Economy of Francesco,” named for Saint Francis of Assisi, Francis declared “the safeguarding of the environment cannot be divorced from ensuring justice for the poor and finding answers to the structural problems of the global economy.”
“We need to correct models of growth incapable of guaranteeing respect for the environment,” he said.
The pope said Saint Francis is a worthy model to follow; he is “the outstanding example of care for the vulnerable and of integral ecology.”
The Pope recited that Jesus told Saint Francis of Assisi to go “repair my house."
The Lord's command increasingly “concerns the environment, which urgently demands a sound economy and a sustainable development that can heal its wounds and assure us of a worthy future,” he said.
The Pope added that each person is called “to rethink his or her mental and moral priorities, to bring them into greater conformity with God’s commandments and the demands of the common good.”
Francis said the call especially concerns young people because of their desire for a better future, making them a prophetic sign “pointing towards an economy attentive to the person and to the environment.
“Please, do not leave it to others to be protagonists of change. You are the ones who hold the future!
Through you, the future enters into the world. I ask you also to be protagonists of this transformation… I ask you to build the future, to work for a better world,” he said.
Within the letter, the pope advised youngsters “cultivate together the dream of a new humanism” expands further than religion, whether they believe in God or not.
The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano issued dire warnings in its weekend edition as part of the Catholic Church's ongoing climate crusade.
“Climate change is the key challenge of our time,” the Vatican paper declares, citing a joint declaration signed by 16 European heads of state before the U.N. climate conference, Cop24, to be held in Katowice, Poland, in December.