Pope Francis gives his 'Thought for the Day' ahead of COP26

Pope Francis gives his ‘Thought for the Day’ ahead of COP26

Pope Francis has given BBC Radio 4 his ‘Thought for the Day’ reflection focussing on the environment and climate change ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit which starts on Sunday 31 October.

Pope Francis’ reflection can be heard here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/

In the lead up to the summit, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to the Prime Minister to express the hopes of the Catholic community in England and Wales.

Describing the global ecological crisis as “a dark cloud over humanity”, he emphasises that the Catholic faith “calls us to care for our common home with all people of good will”.

Whilst assuring the Prime Minster of prayers for a successful summit, Cardinal Nichols points out how Catholic parishes, schools and dioceses are meeting the environmental challenges head-on, stressing that whilst the crisis is human made, so too are its solutions.

He also asks that three key actions are pursued:
  • Support poorer and more vulnerable communities in the face of the devastating effects of climate change,
  • Take a lead in international efforts to develop and champion green energy solutions,
  • Do all you can to lead partnership between all nations in reducing harmful emissions and in keeping global warming to its stated goals.

As COP26 starts this weekend, we invite all to pray:

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.