Pope Francis: Many natural disasters are caused or made worse by lack of environmental care


After a week which has seen the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Matthew and tropical storms in Haiti and America's southeast coast, Pope Francis pointed out that many natural disasters are caused or made worse by lack of environmental care.

Speaking at the General Audience today, on the eve of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, which this year focuses on the theme: 'Reducing mortality,' the Holy Father said that "natural disasters could be avoided or at least limited, since their effects are often due to a lack of environmental care by man."

The Pope added, "therefore I encourage you to join far-sighted efforts in the protection of our common home, promoting a culture of prevention, also with the help of new advances, in order to reduce the risk to the most vulnerable populations."

Source: Vatican Radio

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