‘Laudato Tree Project’ aims for a greener future

Catholic Outlook

May 14, 2020

Recalling St. Pope John Paul II’s first pastoral visit to Africa in May 1980 during which he gave voice to the cry of the drought-stricken populations of the Sahel, Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged young people committed to a project that fights climate change and worsening conditions in the arid region in the spirit of ‘Laudato Sì’.

Pope Francis on Sunday recalled the 40th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul’s first pastoral journey to Africa, during which he raised the alarm regarding the plight of people of the Sahel region who were struck by drought and its devastating consequences.

Speaking during the Regina Caeli address, the Pope said that on “10 May 1980 (…) St. Pope John Paul II gave voice to the cry of the populations of the Sahel, sorely tried by drought.”

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