A third of Catholics would go green if Pope Francis makes statement on climate change

The poll comes with the Vatican set to release a publication on the environment

A third of Catholics say they will make their lifestyle greener if Pope Francis makes an official statement on climate change, ahead of a significant publication from the Vatican on the environment.

A poll of 1,049 Catholics in England and Wales found more than seven out 10 (72 per cent) were concerned that the world’s poorest people were being hit by climate change and more than three-quarters (76 per cent) said they felt a moral obligation to help them.

Four-fifths (80 per cent) of those quizzed in the YouGov survey for aid agency Cafod said that as Catholics they felt a duty to care for God’s creation, the Earth.

The survey also revealed that 33 per cent of Catholics are likely to change their lifestyle if Pope Francis makes an official statement on climate change, for example by trying to drive less or recycle more.

The survey was released by Cafod ahead of a much anticipated encyclical, a letter from the Pope to Catholic churches worldwide, which is expected to focus on care for the environment and the relationship between climate change and poverty.

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