Vatican calls for action to assist people displaced by climate change
The Catholic Universe
April 5, 2021
Whether people admit it or not, climate change and environmental destruction are forcing millions from their homes, and Catholics have a responsibility to assist them, Pope Francis wrote in the preface to a new document.
“When people are driven out because their local environment has become uninhabitable, it might look like a process of nature, something inevitable,” the pope wrote. “Yet the deteriorating climate is very often the result of poor choices and destructive activity, of selfishness and neglect, that set humankind at odds with creation, our common home.”
The papal preface appears in “Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People,” a document released by the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.