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Pope Francis: care for the environment to help prevent natural disasters

October 13, 2016

At the conclusion of his October 12 general audience, Pope Francis noted that October 13 is commemorated as the International Day for the Reduction of Natural Disasters.

“Natural disasters could be avoided or at least limited, since their effects are often due to a lack of care for the environment by mankind,” the Pope said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “I therefore encourage the uniting of efforts with a long-term perspective for the protection of our common home, promoting a culture of prevention, with the help also of new knowledge, reducing risks for the most vulnerable populations.”

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  • Posted by: Jim.K - Oct. 13, 2016 10:02 PM ET USA

    I would have thought that our Pope might have mentioned Our Lady of Fatima and/or her spiritual message on October 13th, the 99th anniversary of her apparition.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Oct. 13, 2016 7:26 PM ET USA

    Whoever is informing the Holy Father about the supposed effects of anthropogenic climate change is spreading the politically-driven but unscientific gospel of the true climate-change believers. The Holy Father appears to swallow the hook, line and sinker...and why wouldn't he, given this is not his area of expertise and the successful efforts of the climate-change enthusiasts to insulate him from a realistic and truthful appraisal of the science.

  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 13, 2016 6:43 PM ET USA

    Reduce natural disasters? Where is the evidence that we are causing or even just aggravating natural disasters? Talk about self-absorbed, Promethean, neo-Pelagianism.