September 2, 2016 Editor

Deeming Pollution of Earth Sinful, Pope Proposes Climate Action as Sacred Duty

Humans are turning the planet into a ‘polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation, and filth,’ says Pope Francis

Published on Thursday, September 01, 2016 by Common Dreams

by Nika Knight, staff writer

photo above: “The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” Pope Francis said. (Andrew Medichini/AP)
an excerpt:

Pope Francis on Thursday put forth an urgent call for people to actively work to save the environment, proposing that the Catholic Church add such a duty to the list of “seven mercies,” which includes feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, which Catholics are required to perform.

“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour.”
—Pope Francis

“Francis described man’s destruction of the environment as a sin,” the Guardian reported.

“The modern world has new forms of poverty, Francis said, and thus requires new forms of mercy to address them,” the Washington Post noted.

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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