“The extremists have gone off the rails and chosen to endorse violence as ‘legitimate political discourse.’”
“Throwing plastic into the sea is criminal. It kills biodiversity; it kills the Earth; it kills everything.”
He added: “Looking after creation is an education (process) in which we must engage.” He also cited a song by Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos in which a boy asks his father why “the river no longer sings” and the father responds that “we finished it off”.
Francis also reiterated some key themes of his papacy, condemning excessive spending on armaments, defending the rights of migrants, and condemning ideological rigidity by conservatives in the Church.