By ZENIT Staff

Pope Francis on June 12, 2020, suggested that the coronavirus pandemic has emphasized the importance of our relationship with the earth. In fact, he noted that it has forced a return to peace and quiet in many places normally full or noise and traffic.

The Pope’s remarks came after he joined the faithful to pray the noonday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

“Another aspect on which the pandemic has made us reflect is the relationship between man and the environment.,” Pope Francis said. “The lockdown has reduced pollution and revealed once more the beauty of so many places free from traffic and noise.

“Now, with the resumption of activities, we should all be more responsible for looking after the common home. I appreciate the many ‘grassroots’ initiatives that are emerging in this regard all over the world. For example, in Rome today there is an initiative dedicated to the river Tiber. But there are many others in other places! May they foster a citizenship that is increasingly aware of this essential common good.”

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