A campaign backed by celebrities like Moby, Mena Suvari, and Evanna Lynch is urging thePope to go vegan for Lent in exchange for a $1 million donationto his selected charity from the Blue Horizon International Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that aims to “accelerate the removal of animals from the global food chain.”
In the Catholic Church (of which I grew up a part), Lent is traditionally a season of 40 days and one of the most important times of the year, as it leads up to Easter. Catholics are urged to give up something they really love—like chocolate or coffee—for these 40 days or to do something for others, like volunteering to help disadvantaged people.
Lent was always my favorite time to be vegan. On the Fridays of Lent, my family makes an exclusively vegetarian dinner because it is against the Church to eat meat (except fish) on those Fridays.
This new campaign looks to tackle world hunger, climate change, and animal suffering—all things Pope Francis has stood against.