Pope Francis said that a "great flood" mirroring the biblical account in the book of Genesis might come as a result of climate change, according to statements the pontiff made in a book released Tuesday.
"The Bible says that the flood is the result of God's wrath," Francis said. "It is a figure of God's wrath, who according to the Bible has seen too many bad things and decides to obliterate humanity."
In the book, called "Of Vices and Virtues," the pope called the biblical flood "a mythical tale" and that "myth is a form of knowledge" while stressing he does not believe the Bible is myth.
"The flood is a historical tale, archaeologists say, because they found traces of a flood in their excavations," he said. "A great flood, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of the glaciers, is what will happen now if we continue along the same path."
🔦 Francis has made environmentalism a cornerstone of his time as pontiff, previously indicating that COVID-19 is "nature's response" to climate change, preaching that humans "have sinned against the earth," and considered adding "ecological sin" to the Catholic Church's catechism.