The Pope calls for an end to “ecological sins” in the fight against climate change

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He Pope francesco called for the “transformation of lifestyles” and the “repentance for ecological sins” that “harm the natural world” so that future generations will avoid them worst consequences of climate change.

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It is necessary to adopt “lifestyles that involve less waste and useless consumption” by practicing “sobriety, recycling waste” and using “ecologically and socially responsible” products, the pontiff remarked in his message on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for Creation Care , which will be held in September.

In this sense, Francisco lamented that “rapacious consumerism, fueled by selfish hearts, is disrupting the planet’s water cycle. The rampant use of fossil fuels and the felling of forests are producing an increase in temperatures and causing serious Drought”.

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The leader of the Catholic Church also asked to “be close to the victims of environmental and climate injustice” by raising his voice to stop the advance of climate change, a “senseless war against creation” whose most serious consequences will suffer “the poor ” and the new generations.

The Vatican has started preparations for the Pope's trip to Argentina.  REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane photo

The Vatican has started preparations for the Pope’s trip to Argentina. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane photo

Francisco points to “predatory industries” as guilty of “extreme practices” such as hydraulic fracturing for gas extraction and intensive animal farming that “are consuming and contaminating the planet’s sources of drinking water”.

Furthermore, the Pope called for the transformation of economic policies that “favor scandalous riches for the few and conditions of degradation for the many”.

“World leaders who will be attending the COP28 summit, scheduled in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December this year, must listen to the science and initiate a swift and fair transition to end the era of fossil fuels,” he concluded .

Meanwhile, the Holy See has begun to make preliminary studies to organize the Pope’s visit to Argentina, which in principle should take place in the first months of next year after the summer break.

In addition to Uruguay – as planned – his itinerary will also touch southern Brazil, probably Sao Paulo and the nearby sanctuary of the Virgin of Aparecida.

Sources of the Roman curia confirmed to Clarín the start of the process in the Vatican Secretariat of State – the competent body -, which should lead to the official announcement of the visit, the date and the details of the program and which it is obvious what to do before the end of year.

Source: Clarin

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