Pope Francis urges world to reduce greenhouse gases

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a groundbreaking letter sent to all Roman Catholic bishops, known as an encyclical, Pope Francis gave the world a failing grade when it comes to addressing climate change.

Pope Francis says the entire world needs to cut down on greenhouse gasses and to lead simpler lives. The document sparked controversy in the U.S. where climate skeptics feel the Pope’s views may be off.

Bishop Richard Malone weighed in on the encyclical, giving his full support to Pope Francis. He says it marks and exciting day for all Catholics across the globe. Malone said taking care of the environment isn’t a new idea for the Catholic Church, and has origins deep in scripture.

“The Earth is our home, we are not somehow as human beings separate from the Earth. There is an intertwining of humankind and human life and human activity through all of creation before God,” Malone said. “If you want to talk in religious terms, to care for it.”

Bishop Malone said Pope Francis’s encyclical is developing a more thorough call to cation for everybody across the world, not just Catholic worshipers.

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