MADRID (AP) – Pope Francis on Friday offered a plea for saving the environment from the effects of climate change as he celebrated Mass with some 80,000 youths in Madrid.
The pope told the young Catholics gathered at Madrid’s main Veladero stadium that they should be involved in political decisions about ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Francis’ advisers are urging him to draw a link between war and the environment in his global appeal for prayers to help world leaders to make their mark when they meet in December in Poland for a U.N. climate summit.
Francis told the youths that “our daily human choices can be decisive in determining our world’s destiny.”
His address followed prayers to Jesus “for harmony in the world and harmony in creation” in morning homilies by priests at Madrid’s main basilica and at the Catholic University of Madrid.
After the mass, Francis headed to the main bullring for a meet-and-greet with some of the country’s 500,000 semi-professional bull fighters and six notable bullfighters who were elected by youth votes as contestants in a traditional centuries-old youth outreach.