Pope Francis to UN: The environment is sacred, like humanity

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Pope Francis addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Pope Francis addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Segar *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-UN, originally transmitted on Sept. 25, 2015.

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NEW YORK (RNS) He told world leaders that economic and social exclusion denies human fraternity, offends human rights and the environment with a “culture of waste.”

  • Bernardo

    Francis would have set a great example by cancelling his trip thereby reducing the air pollution caused by his air travel, car pollution from all visitors, security and parades and air conditioning at all the inside venues. And the substitute? Skype!!!

  • Greg1

    Francis lives and travels in the most simplest of ways. Compared to Obama, who has endless motorcades, and grandiose pomp and expense, this pope is very simple. If Skype would get the job done, he would do it–in fact he has done all that to no avail–so a visit is at times necessary.

  • EACWFarm

    The Pope’s Laudauto Si document is simply one way to wake people up to the moral dimension of science. In contrast, it’s so horribly sinister–this news of nanotechnology working in the bloodstream of mammals. The ideas move forward, with no discussion of warnings of the hazards of robots in your blood: http://www.industrytap.com/robotic-red-blood-cells-to-vastly-expand-human-capabilities/3656

  • Bob

    It’s more like high time that the world woke up to the immorality, bigotry, and brutality of Christian doctrine. That is the really sinister stuff.

  • Betty Clermont

    Humanity “sacred” except for children left unprotected to sexual predators and those already assaulted, women of child bearing age and LGBT persons.

  • Ed

    B-S, Greg1. The pope is full of pomp and expense right to the top of his fat belly under his expensive silk robes and tassels.

    Obama as president (democratically elected) merits the elaborate security measures, even if they are expensive. The pope, not so much.

  • Jack

    Bob, if you want to fight “immorality, bigotry, and brutality,” then picket the many abortion clinics run by lily-white men and women operating in the heart of black inner-city neighborhoods.

  • Bob

    Jack, your racism and bitterness is noted,. What I am opposing here is your awful Christian cult of hate and bigotry, as presented in your hideous book of hatred AKA the bible.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Each one of us is busy beautifying this Planet during our brief journey on God’s Holy Ground. May the Creator bless our sincere efforts.