Pope John Paul II spoke so often about the environment, and also engaged himself personally as a canoer and skier, that he was considered by some as the environmental Pope. Yesterday was his celebrated Beatification, setting him close to the path of sainthood. With John Paul II, the Catholic approach to the environment which he began to articulate, and which is continued by Pope Benedict XVI, also is confirmed, affirmed and elevated.
This is special to me, as I write from St. Malo Retreat Center, a special place in the USA for JP II’s environmental legacy, since here he came specifcially to spend time in the mountains, breathe some fresh air, go for a walk and read poetry by a stream. JP II’s legacy also extends this legacy to the places he walked, preached and prayed. St. Malo is blessed for it.