Pope proves wor­thy of saint

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WHO could have guessed the first Pope to take his name from St Fran­cis of As­sisi, pa­tron saint of the poor and the en­vi­ron­ment, would ac­tu­ally ad­vo­cate for the poor and the en­vi­ron­ment; and fur­ther­more would act in ac­cord with Je­sus’ pre­cept of not serv­ing both God and mam­mon?

The world is in­deed chang­ing. Lo­cally we have the pre­dic­tion of a cy­clone in July.

In­stead of call­ing it “crazy weather”, we could make an in­tu­itive leap and link the ap- pear­ance of man­goes in May and cy­clones in July to cli­mate change. We could fo­cus on things we can change in­stead of things we can’t change.

And that is why coali­tions of busi­ness, wel­fare groups, churches and other faiths, and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups are be­ing formed in Aus­tralia to ad­dress dan­ger­ous cli­mate change and its im­pact on our peo­ple and our land.

Who could have known this was pos­si­ble? Well, any­one who can fol­low a ra­tio­nal argu- ment; any­one who cares about fu­ture gen­er­a­tions; any­one with a heart, re­ally.

I was once told I could not be a Chris­tian and a Green; the two were in­com­pat­i­ble. My re­sponse was I am a Green be­cause I am a Chris­tian. So thank you, Fran­cis. Peo­ple worry/ won­der about how long you will re­main as Pope but of this I am cer­tain: your name will go down in the Book of Life.

JENNY STIRLING,

Stu­art.

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