Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 126

Pope Francis plans for radical change in encyclical on caring for our common home

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 giugno 2015

climate_change“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” asks Pope Francis in his first encyclical, as he offers a positive plan to tackle climate change, inequality, poverty and exclusion. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” writes Pope Francis in the encyclical Laudato Si’, on ‘Caring for our Common Home’. However, he writes, “All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start”.Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines said, “I visit communities where people are living on trash heaps. Children are born in trash, grow up and die there. Three generations know nothing but the rubbish tip. They feel like trash. This is not God’s creation, this is manmade.“Pope Francis is inviting everyone to reflect on this reality. He is calling on us to ‘aim for a new lifestyle’, to change the economic and social systems that have caused so much harm and regain our responsibility for others and the world. Laudato Si’ is above all a message of hope and of action.”The papal letter looks at “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet”. It touches on key aspects of Caritas’ work around the world such as the environment, labour exploitation, agriculture and social inequality. “The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation,” writes the pope.On climate change, the pope says that it’s “one of the principal challenges facing humanity” where the “huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world”.“Recent World Summits on the environment have failed” writes the pope. With a key UN summit due to take place at the end of 2015 in Paris, he calls for “the establishment of a legal framework” to “ensure the protection of ecosystems”.Caritas says the Paris summit must agree on reducing emissions from now until 2020, with developed countries reducing by a range of 25–40 percent to give a 50-50 chance of global average temperatures staying below a 2°C temperature increase.The pope writes that climate change affects us all. “There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalisation of indifference.”The encyclical says climate change is a symptom of a wider sickness. “Every ecological approach needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged,” writes the pope. ““By itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion”.Individually, the pope writes, we have a responsibility to live more frugal lives where we end the cycle of wanting more as it means less for the poor and less for the planet. He is inviting everyone to play a role, highlighting that other faith are already leading the way. He says that Christians must realise that their “duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith’”.Caritas Internationalis chose “One Human Family, Caring for Creation” as its global vision as a result of Pope Francis’ calls for a “poor church, for the poor‘ and to end a “throwaway culture”.

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