Echoing his familiar papal emphasis on respect for the natural world, Pope Francis on Sunday implied that the coronavirus pandemic is nature's way of chastising the human race into better caring for it.
Asked by an interviewer if he believed the pandemic signified "nature's hour of reckoning" with humanity, the pope seemed to suggest that he believed it is.
"There's a saying that you surely know: God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, [but] nature never forgives," Francis said. "Fires, earthquakes . . . that is, nature is having a fit, so that we will take care of nature."
Francis confirmed during the interview that during tumultuous times he has had "crises of faith" in which he has doubted the existence of God, but that his doubts "have been resolved by the grace of God."