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A Great Flood, your Holiness? Noah way!

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POPE Francis has warned that mankind is facing a second Great Flood, this time caused by global warming. 

The leader of the world’s Roman Catholics said that in the Bible story of Noah, God used the first Great Flood to punish corruption and injustice – and it may happen again. 

He believes humanity could suffer another ‘great deluge, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of glaciers. That is what will happen now if we continue on the same path’. 

However, the 84-year-old Pope, who is quoted in a new book by Italian writer Don Marco Pozza, can’t have it both ways.  

He of all people should know that in the Bible, after the floodwaters subsided, God promised Noah – the righteous patriarch who was saved with his family after he built an ark – that He would never again wipe out the world with water. 

It’s there in the Book of Genesis: ‘And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying … I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the Earth.’ (Genesis 9: 8,11) 

We all have our own views on whether climate change and global warming is real or alarmist. But can you blame people for being sceptical if even the Pope gets it wrong? 

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Henry Getley
Henry Getley is a freelance journalist.

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