This week, Pope Francis addressed the 2016 meeting of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences during its Plenary Session in Rome. This year’s meeting focused upon the ways in which scientific advances can affect the sustainable development of human societies and their environments.
Pope Francis took advantage of the opportunity to speak about how science can be at the service of global ecological equilibrium. Francis called upon those gathered to offer leadership that provides general and specific solutions for issues such as ensuring a sustainable water supply, renewable energy and food security.
The Pope lamented “the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded,” as he reflected upon governmental delays in implementing global agreements on the environment, among other problems. The Pope offered his prayers for the work of the Academy, which operates independently of the Vatican.