On April 12, Easter, Pope Francis spoke about the coronavirus pandemic during his sermon broadcast to St. Peter’s Basilica and streamed for millions around the world.  In an interview published ahead of his Easter message, the Pope compared the virus to climate change.

Churches around the world are closed as people follow government orders for social distancing and staying inside. In an interview published in The Tablet, the interviewer asked about ecological conversion and re-examining lifestyles and priorities. The Pope replied, “There is an expression in Spanish: “God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.” We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that 18 months ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods? I don’t know if these are the revenge of nature, but they are certainly nature’s responses.”

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“This crisis is affecting us all, rich and poor alike, and putting a spotlight on hypocrisy. I am worried by the hypocrisy of certain political personalities who speak of facing up to the crisis, of the problem of hunger in the world, but who in the meantime manufacture weapons. This is a time to be converted from this kind of functional hypocrisy. It’s a time for integrity. Either we are coherent with our beliefs or we lose everything,” said the Pope in the interview.

Later in the interview, he said, “I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world. We need to reconnect with our real surroundings. This is the opportunity for conversion.”

“This isn’t a time for self-centeredness because the challenge we’re facing is shared by all,” the pontiff said on Easter in Italy, a country hit hard by the coronavirus.

The Pope has spoken about climate change before, including the Amazon rainforest, urging President Trump to take steps on climate change, and encouraging everyone to protect animals.

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