In a Facebook messenger chat via Missio’s PopeBot, Pope Francis highlighted the devastating effects of global climate change on Africa. One staggering statistic he shared was that 7 of the world’s 10 most threatened countries are in Africa, despite the entire continent being responsible for only 3% of greenhouse gas emissions.
The adverse effects are crippling to the local food and water supplies, with many missions projected to run out of resources by next year. In the message, he noted the work of Fr. Fransua, a missionary who coordinates with local bishops in Ethiopia to provide relief and called on Christians to help support his missionary work and other efforts like them.
The chat by Pope Francis is the latest in a series of informal, one-on-one style chats he has released via the “PopeBot” from the Pontifical Mission Societies. The PopeBOT allows Facebook users to “chat one-on-one” with Pope Francis to hear inspirational stories and learn about ways to offer help and hope to people living in dire poverty.
You can chat with Pope Francis via MissioBot – aka the “Pope Bot” – part of a new generation of digital technology called ChatBots. Inspired by the Pope’s charisma, message and his desire to break down barriers, MissioBot provides a one-to-one experience of information, engagement, and accompaniment, that guides the user through a conversation with Pope Francis about the life-saving work of Catholic missionaries around the world.
MissioBot provides a way for those digitally connected, especially younger Catholics (and non-Catholics), to learn about and be fired up by a leader they respond to, Pope Francis.
Through a conversation on Facebook Messenger, MissioBot offers users a chance to enter into a conversation with Pope Francis with the goal of motivating them to take action. Just message MISSIO USA on Facebook Messenger, and the Pope will take it from there.
The MissioBot is the newest entry point into the place of encounter for anyone and everyone seeking to support Catholic missionaries, MISSIO.
MISSIO was developed by the Pontifical Mission Societies and launched by Pope Francis in 2013. An extensive digital platform, MISSIO connects both young and old directly with missionaries through crowd-sourced fundraising and peer-to-peer communication. MISSIO empowers a community of givers to become change-makers in some of the world’s poorest places. MISSIO extends our solidarity with the Mission Church.