In a previous post I had talked about St. Francis and how he was the “nature lover”, but what about our newly elected Pope who chose the name Francis. He told the media that he did chose the name after St. Francis of Assisi, but he did not because of his nature loving side but his care for the poor. Still, this great voice for the Church has talked about the environment several times since being elected Pope.
On World Environment Day he commented: “We are losing the attitude of wonder, contemplation, listening to creation. The implications of living in a horizontal manner [is that] we have moved away from God, we no longer read His signs.”
Pope Francis being a Jesuit has a deep connection to the simple things in life like taking care of the poor and having deep connections to creation (and therefore nature). I think we should all be on the look out for more nature commentary in his speeches or homilies in the future!
Link to some more of his environment lines: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/catholic-teachings/pope-francis/