The coronavirus pandemic and ongoing global crises clearly indicate that Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation urgently needs to be implemented worldwide, a panel of Church leaders said.
“After Covid-19, nothing will be the same,” Aloysius John, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, said at a recent Vatican news conference unveiling a new document.
“As Pope Francis said, it is time to build a new future and this new future must be built in the light of Laudato Si’. It is time for everyone, governments and civil societies, to make that conversion effort to which the Holy Father exhorts us in this prophetic encyclical,” he said.
John was one of several speakers at the news conference to present the document, Journeying Toward Care for Our Common Home. Five Years after Laudato Si’.
Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, said the pandemic “has highlighted many, many things, many, many areas in which we have a lot of work to do”.
“The question is whether we are going to pick up on these questions” and work to address them, he said at the news conference.
Picture: A file photo shows smoke billowing from a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Brazil. The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing global crises indicate that Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation urgently needs to be implemented worldwide, a panel of Church leaders said at a Vatican news conference on 18th June 2020. (CNS photo/Bruno Kelly, Reuters).