"Keep going," Pope Francis told the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, with whom he exchanged a few words about his struggle at the end of today's general audience in St. Peter's Square.
The young activist, 16, and a spokesperson spoke for a few minutes with Francisco and showed him a sign with the slogan of his movement in English: "Join the climate strike."
As you can hear in the video of the meeting, the Pope heard what they told him about the initiative of the school strike on Fridays to ask governments for measures against climate change and then encouraged the young woman with a: "Keep going" and "God bless you" and, as usual, asked the girl to pray for him.
The interim spokesman of the Vatican, Alessandro Gisotti, explained that the Pope "thanked" and "encouraged" Greta Thunberg "for his commitment to defending the environment."
He explained that Greta who was accompanied by her father, Svante Thunberg, was the one who asked to see the pope during his trip to Rome, and that during the brief discussion "he thanked Francisco in turn for his commitment to the defense of Creation."
Francisco is another of the personalities that has mobilized the most in defense of the environment, as shown in his encyclical "Laudato si '", on the protection of Creation and which has become an ecologist manifesto.
Greta Thunberg arrived in Rome this morning after yesterday urged the environmental committee of the European Parliament to take immediate action against this problem and warned that "our house is falling apart", so "the future," he told MEPs – it's in your hands. "
The young woman will be received tomorrow by the president of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, and on Friday she will lead the student demonstration in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome.