Rome, Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): Pope Francis said this week that climate change is a “global emergency” and added loss of biodiversity is his worst fear, media reports said.
In an interview published by the Italian daily La Stampa Friday, Pope Francis said that the upcoming Vatican synod of bishops on the Amazon region will focus heavily on environmental issues.
The pontiff went on to enumerate some of the information he has received regarding environmental devastation.
“Ours will be an urgent Synod,” the pope continued. “But be aware that a synod is not a meeting of scientists or politicians. It is not a parliament: it is something else. It was convened by the Church and will have an evangelizing mission and dimension. It will be a work of communion guided by the Holy Spirit.”
The Amazon, he said, is a “representative and decisive place,” which explains why it was chosen for this year’s synod.
“Together with the oceans it contributes decisively to the survival of the planet,” Francis said. “Much of the oxygen we breathe comes from there. That is why deforestation means killing humanity.
Asked what he fears the most for the planet, Francis answered: “The disappearance of biodiversity. New lethal diseases. A course and devastation of nature that can lead to the death of humanity.”