Pope Francis says the climate crisis may cause a ‘great flood’.
The supreme pontiff made the comments in a book-length interview with Don Marco Pozza.
Pope Francis’ interview
An excerpt has been published by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. It quotes the Pope saying: “The flood is the result of God’s wrath, the Bible says.
“He is a figure of God’s wrath, who according to the Bible has seen too many bad things and decides to erase humanity.
“The biblical one, according to experts, is a mythical tale. But myth is a form of knowledge. The flood is a historical tale, archaeologists say, because they found traces of a flood in their excavations.
“A great deluge, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of glaciers: what will happen now if we continue on the same path.”
In 2019, the Pope was urged to go vegan for Lent by Million Dollar Vegan.
The organization offered a $1 million donation to a charity of his choice if he ditched meat and dairy during the religious observance.
Vegan and climate activist, Genesis Butler wrote to the Pope to ask him. She also traveled to Vatican City from her home in Los Angeles to try and secure a meeting with him. Butler spoke to a senior priest who promised to pass her message on.
While Pope Francis did not confirm whether he would accept the challenge, Butler did receive a response.
“His Holiness Pope Francis has received your letter, and he has asked me to thank you,” said the response, signed by senior priest and Assessor for General Affairs, Paolo Borgia.
“He appreciates the concerns about care for the world, our common home, which prompted you to write to him. The Holy Father will remember you in his prayers, and he sends you his blessing.”