Pope Francis climate encyclical: Now with it's own Hollywood trailer.

The Pope’s Climate Encyclical Now Has an Epic Hollywood Trailer

The Pope’s Climate Encyclical Now Has an Epic Hollywood Trailer

Future Tense
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June 12 2015 5:17 PM

The Pope’s Climate Encyclical Now Has an Epic Hollywood Trailer

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Is Pope Francis Earth's newest superhero? Watch this video to find out.

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If you’re like me and eagerly anticipating Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change—due out Thursday, June 18—stop what you’re doing and watch this:

What’s going on here is nothing short of amazing. It’s probably the best video I’ve ever seen, on any topic, of any length (and yes, that includes Game of Thrones).

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Put together by the Observatório do Clima, a network of Brazilian nongovernmental organizations and advocates for action on climate change, the video pitches the forthcoming message—which has attracted heavenly levels of hype—as a silver bullet in an epic battle between the pope’s forces of climate justice and the evil fossil fuel industry.

The opening quote—“If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us”—is an actual line from one of the pope’s recent sermons on the environment. It is expected to form the heart of his argument in the forthcoming letter to the world’s Catholic churches.

It just gets better from there.

At one point, Jesus appears in the corner of a boxing ring as the pope prepares, saying, “The power of me compels you." You can’t make this stuff up—except apparently they did.

Seriously, just watch the video.

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Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and a contributing writer at Grist. Follow him on Twitter.