"Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely"

By Maria Yagoda
Updated June 19, 2015 05:50 PM
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“Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. #LaudatoSi.”

On Thursday, Pope Francis posted over 60 Tweets on the topic of man-made climate change, urging people to take better care of the earth and work to reverse the destruction humans have wrought on animals, the environment and quality of life for the poor, who suffer the most from climate change’s effects.

These Tweets came the same day as he published a 180-page document, “Laudato Si,” urging citizens of the world to unite in taking action to stop the destruction.

Pope Francis is known for his exceptional social-media savvy. Since claiming the @Pontifex Twitter account in 2013, he’s Tweeted voraciously to his 6.3 million (and counting) followers, which is why it came as no surprise that Francis took to the platform to highlight the manifesto’s main points.