Pope Francis: ‘Let us modify our relationship with natural resources’

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Pope Francis, right, and Israel's President Shimon Peres plant an olive tree after their meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Pope Francis, right, and Israel's President Shimon Peres plant an olive tree after their meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Amir Cohen *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-HUNGER, originally transmitted on June 11, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) “We must begin with our daily lives if we want to change lifestyles, aware that our small gestures can guarantee sustainability and the future of the human family,” said Francis.

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  • Michael Kelly

    If this article is a general, but light, description of hisforthcoming encylical, it sounds good so far. Let US not believe in Climate Change like the Money Lusters wish US to believe for their OWN prophet and profit, but do let US believe in being Good Stewards of the Earth as even God commanded US.

  • Greg1

    The pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment will be a bit of a twist to those who believe he will be writing a strict environmental treatise. No this encyclical will be a look at God’s creation, and how mankind has a duty to himself, God Almighty, as well as future generations, to be good stewards of all creation. This earth was created to serve the gift of human life, and its propagation until the end of time. All plants, animals, and for that matter, the entire ecological system, are all oriented towards the the grand fulfillment of the Plan of God. So man must cherish and preserve the gift that God has given him. He cannot wipe out resources, and hopelessly pollute the planet, leaving it a wasteland for future generations, generating nuclear waste, which can take a million years of half lives before no longer being dangerous. So this encyclical will not be about saving the baby seals, but rather man being a good custodian of our Lord’s Creation.

  • Betty Clermont

    Only right wing nuts and those who manipulate them (like Santorum) are opposed to the pope. “Business, Pentagon pursue climate change strategies” (ncronline.org) “120 CEOs Managing 12 Trillion Ask G7 Countries for Bold Climate Action” (dailykos.com) Nor is this a “new” position for popes. http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/06/11/before-francis-a-long-line-of-popes-voiced-an-environment-alarm/#begin_comments. This encyclical is just another no-brainer PR extravaganza for the pope promulgated by the corporate press.

  • Tommy R

    For most people, especially non-Catholics, the encyclical will say whatever the media in general want it to say…in spite of what it may actually say. So, for all practical purposes we all know what its message will be.

  • Anonymous

    “Thus shall we defeat hunger”…That is an absurd and hippie-ish suggestion. It is impossible to “defeat hunger.” Defeating hunger would result in the death of humanity. Hunger is an indication of a normally functioning human body, and it typically indicates that the body is in need of food. But Pope Francis is being informed by the very intelligent people at the UN, so we have no need to worry about him being mis-informed.

    The Pope could start with himself. Other news stories have discussed his insatiable appetite.

  • Thomas Lewis

    This man if a fraud. He not only promotes the Hoax of Man Made Global Warming, but wants to suggest that the United Nations should be the world power to implement it. The Hoax of Global warming is the Corporate Takeover of world energy supplies that will completely alter human existence, promoting the Fraudulent Hoax as Truth, but also suggesting that it is supported by the Doctrines of the Catholic Faith.

    That is false and therefore there are two deceptions
    (1) that there is Significant Global Warming – WHEN THERE IS NOT FACTS TO SUPPORT IT. http://wattsupwiththat.com/page/17/
    (2) That the Catholic Faith suggest that Mans responsibility to the poor is maintaining sustainability – WHEN IN FACT THE PURPOSE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ONLY SUPPORTS THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD AND THE SOULS THAT DO SO. http://www.catholicstand.com/pope-francis-has-single-handedly-destroyed-catholicism/
    This pope needs to be removed from office by Magisterial Religious Men of Reasonable Objective…

  • samuel Johnston

    You are correct. Cooperating with humanity in general to rescue the planet, is not as important as getting out the propaganda of Christianity.

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  • Mal

    If we were responded positively if we had been told that an Encyclical on good stewardship was being written. However, when the early emphasis seemed to be on the so-called global warming/ climate change issue and the type of people having access to the Pope on this matter did cause many to be concerned.

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  • Greg1

    Actually there have been other encyclicals on pollution, and preserving God’s planet for his work. Those types of teachings should be automatic. However with regards to global warming, one thing we know for sure is that the Carbon containing gaseous molecules in our atmosphere have increased considerably from burning fossil fuels. The flip side to that is we do not know if it has affected our climate at all. What I fail to read anywhere is that we are currently in the middle of a pole shift, which occurs once every 50,000 years or so, and that would have more to do with melting of the polar ice caps than Carbon gasses.