Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 04:30 am
Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday that their role in finding creative solutions to the world's problems is more urgent than ever, and praised increasing collaboration between scientific and religious communities.
"It falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climatic change and its social consequences, so that the vast potential of productivity will not be reserved only for the few," the Pope said Nov. 28.
Just as the scientific community has carried out research demonstrating the planet's current crisis through interdisciplinary exchange, "so too today that same community is called to offer a leadership that provides general and specific solutions" to increasing issues such as water, renewable forms of energy and food security, he said.
Francis stressed that with the cooperation of scientists, the creation of "a normative system" that includes "inviolable limits and ensures the protection of ecosystems" is now necessary.