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Climate: Pope Appeals to Local Churches to Mobilize

He Encourages the Global Catholic Climate Movement

On February 1, 2017, the Pope appealed to local Churches to mobilize for the protection of the planet.

In the course of the General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, he greeted the delegation of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM). The objective of the Movement is, notably, to sensitize Catholics through its networks, to promote ecological conversion “towards a low carbon society” and to require leaders to “engage in an ambitious climatic action.”

He thanked them for their “engagement in protecting our common home, in these times of grave socio-environmental crisis.”

“I encourage you to continue to weave networks so that the local Churches will respond with determination to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,” continued the Pontiff.

In the crowd, the GCCM delegation waved banners greeting Pope Francis’ encyclical on integral ecology: “Cheers forLaudato Si’.”

Translation by Virginia Forrester

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