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Green Poems for Pope Francis


GREAT GREEN NEWS: His Holiness Pope Francis receives Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth and offers supportive prayers for the Green Poet’s Mission!

I recently wrote to His Holiness Pope Francis to comment on the significant work on which he is embarking with regard to his encyclical on climate change and forthcoming address to the UN General Assembly. I was also able to send him my books of environmental poems and inform him of the work I am doing as Poet in Residence with Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

I received a reply from the Pope’s Monsignor at theVatican: ‘The Holy Father wishes me to express his gratitude for your kind letter and the gift of your collection of the poems, he appreciates your thoughtful gesture. His Holiness will remember you and your intentions in his prayers, and he invokes upon you God’s blessings of joy and peace.’

No matter what one’s worldview is, I have felt encouraged to know that Pope Francis is an active ‘greenie’ and will be remembering the Green Poet in his prayers! I shall be continuing my green mission on the streets and have so far spoken to two hundred families about the European Green Capital Year and the power of eco-poetry! I feel privileged to be supported by the blessings of joy and peace from Pope Francis for the important task – regardless of our status or worldview – that we all have in front of us: to protect our planet.

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