“Protecting our environment is an urgent moral imperative and a sacred duty for all people of faith and people of conscience”.
(UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon)
The UN Secretary-General met privately with Pope Francis on 28 April 2015.
Pope Francis has already signalled his concerns about the impact of climate change. His upcoming “encyclical” letter — the most important form of teaching by a Catholic pontiff — is expected to be much more detailed. It will be the first of its kind to be entirely dedicated to the environment.
After the meeting Mr. Ban Ki-moon said the Pope had told him that his encyclical on the environment was in the process of being translated and could be ready in June. The Secretary-General added that the encyclical would convey to the world that “protecting our environment is an urgent moral imperative and a sacred duty for all people of faith and people of conscience”.
In a sign of what can be expected in the encyclical, Cardinal Turkson, who authored an early draft of the document, suggested it was a sin for “humans to degrade the integrity of earth”. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is reported to be a member of the Pope’s inner circle.
Pope Francis is expected to continue to press for action on climate change after the release of his encyclical. He will make an address to the UN General Assembly in September and on the same trip will speak to the US Congress.
Swakopmund Matters (For Swakopmund Matters the environment of the Namibian coastline and its ocean matters)