Pope Francis has said the Amazon rainforest is vital for the Earth as he called for prayers that fires in the area are quickly controlled.
Francis added his voice to the chorus of international concern that the blazes in Brazil will have grave repercussions on the world’s environmental health.
The pontiff, who is from the neighbouring South American nation of Argentina, told the public at St Peter’s Square that “we’re all worried” about the vast Amazon fires.
He warned that the green “lung of forest is vital for our planet.”
Francis said “let us pray so that, with the efforts of all, they are controlled as quickly as possible”.
The blazes have sparked anti-government protests in Brazil and become a pressing issue for leaders at the G7 summit in France.