Pope Francis, 85, uses the wheelchair on his way to tell young people they must help save the earth

Pope Francis, 85, was seen being pushed into a wheelchair on Saturday as he made a trip to Assisi to tell young people that it is their duty to protect the planet and change the way the earth works.

Visiting the birthplace of his nature-loving saint, Francis called for “courage” to give up fossil fuels and bemoaned that older generations don’t know how to protect the planet and ensure peace.

He told young people he pinned his hopes on their efforts to save the planet and make the global economy more responsive to the poor.

The aging Pope’s health has been in the spotlight for some time as concerned viewers wonder if he still has the vitality to carry out his Pope’s duties.

He is believed to be confined to a wheelchair due to a serious knee problem that limits his mobility, although he reportedly underwent colon surgery in July, which removed 33 cm (13 inches) of bowel.

The Vatican described it as a “planned procedure” because the Pope’s intestines “narrowed”.

The pope was again pushed in a wheelchair on a trip to Assisi in central Italy

The pope was again pushed in a wheelchair on a trip to Assisi in central Italy

Francis, 85, is believed to be confined to a wheelchair with a serious knee problem that limits his mobility, although he reportedly underwent colon surgery in July, which removed 33cm of bowel

Francis, 85, is believed to be confined to a wheelchair with a serious knee problem that limits his mobility, although he reportedly underwent colon surgery in July, which removed 33cm of bowel

Francis was visiting the birthplace of his nature-loving saint when he called for

Francis was visiting the birthplace of his nature-loving saint when he called for “courage” in moving away from fossil fuels and lamented that older generations didn’t know how to protect the planet and ensure peace

And in August, Francis created the position of the Holy Father’s personal health assistant to complement the personal doctor he already has. Italian Massimiliano Strappetti was appointed to the position, the Holy See announced the same month.

During his trip to Canada in July – where the Pope apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in removing Indigenous children from their families to place them with Canadian ones – he was accompanied at all times by a nurse.

During his brief visit to the mountain town in central Italy on Saturday, Francis addressed a gathering of about 1,000 young people, including some young economists. Others are involved in efforts, including start-ups focused on helping the environment.

The participants came from all over the world. Among them was a woman who told the pope how after the Taliban takeover last year, she and her husband were helped to flee Afghanistan by an organization called The Economy of Francis, which is inspired by the life of Saint Francis to draw attention to the poor and other needy.

The pope said what is needed is a global economy that expresses “a new vision of the environment and the earth.”

“There are many people, companies and institutions that are making an ecological transition. We must continue on this path and do more,” said Francis.

The Pope mentioned the urgent need to discuss development models.

Pope Francis is attending the Economy of Francesco (EoF) event in Assisi, central Italy, where he told young people he pinned his hopes on their efforts to save the planet and make the world economy more responsive to the poor

Pope Francis is attending the Economy of Francesco (EoF) event in Assisi, central Italy, where he told young people he pinned his hopes on their efforts to save the planet and make the world economy more responsive to the poor

Francis smiles for a selfie with a participant during Economy of Francesco (EoF)

Francis smiles for a selfie with a participant during Economy of Francesco (EoF)

“Now is the time for renewed courage to abandon fossil fuels to accelerate the development of energy sources with no or positive impact,” said Francis.

He told the young people: “Our generation left you a rich legacy, but we didn’t know how to protect the planet and we don’t secure peace.”

He lamented a lack of “creativity, optimism, enthusiasm” and told young people, “We thank God you are here. Not only will you be there tomorrow, you are here today.’

The pope’s confidence in young people may be bolstered by the horrors he admitted, which revealed his charity boss, who is providing aid in Ukraine, had to flee and take cover after being gunfire last week.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, a Pole, dodged bullets during his fourth humanitarian and pastoral mission to Ukraine when he sent relief supplies with a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and a Ukrainian soldier.

The pope said he spoke yesterday with Krajewski, who was visiting Ukrainian mass graves outside of Izium in north-eastern Ukraine.

Francis said today: “He (Krajewski) told me about the pain of these people, the cruel acts, the monstrosity, the tortured bodies that they find.

‘Let us unite with these people, so noble and martyred.’

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Emma Colton

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