3 weeks Vatican: Pandemic makes environment’s care ever more urgent Inquirer
VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis' impassioned appeal to protect nature is increasingly urgent as the global pandemic alters lifestyles and makes painfully plain the fragility of life, the Vatican said Thursday. The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak struck as various Vatican departments were well into drafting a document calling on the faithful to carry out concrete local actions to mark the fifth anniversary of Francis' encyclical that denounced the environment's exploitation and strongly recommended caring for the Earth. The coronavirus crisis, the Vatican said in Thursday's anniversary appeal, "renders ever more evident, five years from its publication, the value" of the pope's ... more