Pope Francis revealed in an email interview published Wednesday that he believes the coronavirus pandemic is "nature's response" to humanity's neglect of the current climate crisis.
Although the pontiff does not go as far as saying COVID-19 is nature's revenge, he said he confidently believes "it is certainly nature's response." He also repeated an expression he invoked last week:
"There is an expression in Spanish: ‘God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives,'" Francis said. "We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that a year and a half ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods?
I don't know if it is nature's revenge, but it is certainly nature's response."
Francis added that the coronavirus pandemic is nature's way of calling out to humans, asking them to become better stewards of creation:
"These are events that frighten us. They are alarm signals that creation sends us, which summon us to immediately take effective decisions to safeguard our common home. [The earth] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her."