Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet, stem warming, help poor

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”, plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he calls for “decisive action, here and now,” to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made. In the encyclical “Laudato Si (Praise Be), On the Care of Our Common Home”, Francis calls for a change of …read more