It is with great joy that we have received news of Pope Francis. There are tons of reports and anecdotes about the humility, spiritual life and simplicity of the new Pope. As with Pope Benedict XVI, I will be focusing on his words, teachings and actions that have repercussions with regards to environmental matters. Certainly his name, Francis which refers to the Saint of Assisi, suggests there will be plenty of material on the way. Tomorrow I will post two significant environmental aspects in recent homilies.
After Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, we may stop speaking of Green Pope’s, and move towards the rich tradition of environmental teaching of the Catholic Church, a ‘Green spirituality’ which well understood, as in the case of Franciscan spirituality, has the dignity of the human person at the center and the love of God as the goal.