The Pope gave an interview to Austen Ivereigh, a fellow from the University of Oxford, at the end of March when the pandemic was taking hold throughout the world.
He was asked a series of questions and recorded his thoughts as reported by the Tablet newspaper.
He was asked about crisis relating to the future vs ecology and said: "God always forgives, we sometimes forgive, nature never forgives. We did not respond to partial catastrophes, and this is certainly nature's response. Every crisis contains both danger and opportunity. the opportunity to move out from the danger. Today I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and learn to understand and contemplate the natural world. We need to reconnect with our surroundings. This is the time to move from using and misusing nature to contemplating it. This is the moment to see the poor. ..What we are living now is a place of metanoia, conversion, and we have the chance to begin. So let's not let it slip from us, and let's move ahead. We have to learn to live in a church that exists in the tension between harmony and disorder provoked by the Holy Spirit. .. we have to respond to our confinement with all our creativity. Don't take refuge in escapism which in this time is of no use. We need to take with us the roots of our traditions and make for the mountain."
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Apart, yet together