In May 13, 2021, Pope Francis encouraged Christians around the world to pray the Rosary. He instructed believers to use the practice as an aid to better understand humanity’s place on the planet and in the world. He said, “The Blessed Mother’s intercession on behalf of Mother Earth can bring humanity to realize more deeply the love God bestowed on Earth for our benefit”.
Pope John Paul II compelled Catholics to care for creation and to undergo an “ecological conversion” throughout his 27-year papacy. He often made time for outdoor recreation like hiking and skiing in his native Poland and elsewhere. In 2001, he said: “If we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations. Man, especially in our time, has without hesitation devastated wooded plains and valleys, polluted waters, disfigured the earth’s habitat, and made the air un-breathable. We must therefore encourage and support the ‘ecological conversion,’ which in recent decades has …More