A number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity.
– Pope Francis
In an encyclical to leaders of the Catholic Church June 18, Pope Francis blames "human activity" for the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, and calls for "replacing fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy" in advance of the Dec. UN climate change summit.
Papal Draft Blames Most Global Warming on Human Activity
Pope Francis announced June 12 he will visit Central African Republic and Uganda in November on his first papal visit to Africa. Adding that he hopes to also visit Kenya, the pope said he was unable to confirm the trip due to "organizational problems".
Pope says to visit Africa in November, may go to Kenya
Pope Francis jokingly told reporters Aug. 19, 2014, on a flight back from Seoul that he believes he has "two to three years" to live. Talking on his health he said he may retire the papacy as his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI did, and that he expects it will become "institutional, not exceptional" for future popes to retire.
The pope said he may make at least 3 stops on a proposed trip to the U.S. in 2015: to Washington DC to address Congress; to Philadelphia; and to the UN in NYC. He said he may also visit Mexico during that trip.
Pope Francis: I only have two or three more years to live - Telegraph
The pope cancelled a trip to a Rome hospital June 27, 2014, due to an "unexpected indisposition." It's the third time this month the pope has had to scale back his activities due to illness. Pope Francis has several pre-existing conditions including a partial right lung and a bad back.
Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday on Dec. 17, 2013. In the morning, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski (pictured speaking with the pope), asked three homeless men sleeping outside of the Vatican if they would join the pope for his "birthday party" of morning Mass and breakfast.
Homeless men invited to help Pope Francis celebrate birthday
Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He studied at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel and was ordained a Jesuit in 1969. He completed a doctoral dissertation in Germany and served as a spiritual director in Cordoba.
The First Pope from Latin America: Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires