By last weekend, we hadn’t heard much, if anything about the new pope’s relationship to anything except humans. But today, at his official installation, Pope Francis spoke out for protection of the environment, urging his people to shun “the omens of destruction and death.” Perhaps that phrase was a little unclear, but he added this during his homily at the inaugural Mass:
“It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.”
If the poor are going to be his chief concern, the Pope will certainly have to address the issue of climate change and the destruction of the natural world, since the world’s poor will be the first and the foremost to be impacted by the devastation that’s being wrought by climate change.
There was some buzz, over the weekend, about Pope Francis stopping to pet the seeing-eye dog of a blind journalist in the Vatican audience hall: