In a year when Pope Francis has already set himself as a key player for change across the world, the pontiff will once again step into troubled waters while issuing a call to action in combating climate change.
According to the Guardian, the Argentinian pope plans to issue a lengthy message to the 1.2 billion Catholics around the globe as well as address the UN general assembly in 2015. The pope hopes to influence the UN climate meeting in Paris, aiming to obtain a global commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, spoke on the Vatican’s hope to influence global leaders on the subject in 2015.
“Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions. The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.”
Pope Francis hopes to influence world leaders as well as Catholics worldwide to take action against climate change. Pope Francis will urge action on both moral and scientific grounds.
In October, Francis issued a statement condemning the lack of change and misplaced priorities worldwide.
“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.”
The focus on climate change in 2015 comes on the heels of a very busy 2014 for Pope Francis. The Guardian also reported on the pope’s role in the re-opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Francis sent letters to both U.S. President Barrack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro during the summer of 2014. Both leaders acknowledged the pope’s role in their negotiations.
Pope Francis also embarked on a campaign to clean up Vatican politics in 2014, calling out the church for sins such as “terrorism of gossip” and the “pathology of power.”
In addition to worldwide and Vatican politics, Pope Francis has also rankled feathers this year among the church. As reported by the Inquistr, Francis endorsed the theory of evolution while speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Francis cautioned against the idea of God as a magician.
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
The endorsement upset many among the conservative wings of the church. However, as he has repeatedly demonstrated, Pope Francis is not above stepping on a few toes in the hopes of sweeping changes for the greater good.
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