Pope Francis is known to be an advocate of simple living and love for the environment. He is such a simple man that he opted to wear his black shoes rather than the bright red shoes made especially for the pope.
Lolo Kiko also prefers wearing his silver ring—which he has been wearing since he was in Argentina—than the gold-plated ring made for him. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Pope even chose the name Francis as a symbol of his simplicity, as St. Francis of Assisi is known for his simplicity and practice of poverty.
As for the environment, Lolo Kiko is very concerned with the state the world is in right now. He declared a climate change emergency because he says that not acting now would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations.” The Holy Father adds that the future generations should not have to “pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility,” and inherently calls for change and addresses political leaders.
But the most notable thing the Pope did about the environment is that he wrote the Laudato Si’, an encyclical that tackles caring for “our common home,” in 2015. He talks about irresponsible development, global warming, and other issues concerning the environment.
And to celebrate the encyclical’s fifth anniversary, the Holy Father has decided to launch a year-long celebration from today, May 24, 2020, until May 24, 2021. The Laudato Si’ week celebrations was originally scheduled from May 16 to May 24, 2020, but Pope Francis says the COVID-19 pandemic “highlighted the importance of caring for our common home.”
He hopes that with these activities, people get to reflect on their respective lifestyles and help the world bounce back from the ecological crisis we are facing today. Lolo Kiko also asks the people, “what kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to the children who are growing up?,” which he hopes would enlighten them and lead them into caring more for the earth.
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