Like Mrs Thatcher on the steps of Downing Street in 1979, the Pope invokes St Francis of Assisi to help solve a crisis. When he got his current job, he took the name of Francis “as my guide and inspiration”. He takes the title of his new encyclical on climate change and the environment from Francis’ words “Laudato si, mi Signore” (“Praise be to you, my Lord”). Traditionally, the Catholic Church works to save souls. Now it is trying to save the planet as well.
h/t Dr. J