Pope calls for global commitment to put out Amazon fires

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FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis greets people during the general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, August 21, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday called for a global commitment to put out the fires in the Amazon, saying the area was essential for the health of the planet.

“We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon. Let us pray so that with the commitment of all, they can be put out soon. That lung of forests is vital for our planet,” he told thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly address.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Toby Chopra

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