(ANSA) – Pope Francis recalled this Sunday (11) the fires that are hitting many parts of the world, in particular the central regions of South America, such as the Pantanal, Paraguay, the banks of the Paraná River and Argentina, in addition to from the western coast of the United States, mainly California.
“Many fires are caused by persistent drought, but there are also those caused by man,” said the Pontiff, after the Angelus prayer at the Vatican.
Francisco also expressed his closeness “to the populations affected by the fires that devastate many regions of the planet, as well as to volunteers and firefighters, who risk their lives in fighting fires”.
Before thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Jorge Bergoglio prayed “that the Lord will support those who are suffering the consequences of this catastrophe and make us aware to preserve creation”.
According to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), the Pantanal had 14% of its biome destroyed by fire during the month of September. The number in nine months already exceeds the entire devastated area in 2019, being a record since 2002.
The data reveal that fires have already destroyed 26% of the entire biome in 2020, in an area of almost 33 mol square kilometers. (ANSA)