Common




Laudato Si - Praise be to you, my Lord !

 

 

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  • "in the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with whom we share our Life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this sister now cries out to us !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the violence present in our hearts, is reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the water, in the air and in all forms of Life !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is why the Earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the Earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive Life and refreshment from her waters"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when we see nothing else but ourselves"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saint Francis of Assisi
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  • "I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure"

 

 

 

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  • "whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Saint Francis is the example par excellence"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he was particularly concerned for the creation and for the poor and outcast"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he was a mystic and a pilgrim, who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with others !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with Nature and with himself !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for Nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "an integral ecology calls for openness to categories which transcend the language of mathematics and biology"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and take us to the heart of what it is to be human !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "just as happens when we fall in love with someone"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "whenever he would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song, drawing all other creatures into his praise"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that is why he felt called to care for all that exists !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we approach Nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our attitude would be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we feel intimately united with all that exists !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Saint Francis invites us, to see Nature as a magnificent book !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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my Appeal
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  • "the urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to bring the whole human family together !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "humanity has the ability to work together in building our common home !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I urgently appeal, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we require a new and universal solidarity !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of the creation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all of us can cooperate as instruments for the care of creation !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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what is happening to our common Home
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  • "the continued acceleration of changes affecting humanity and the planet is coupled today with a more intensified pace of life and work which might be called "rapidification""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the goals of this rapid change are not necessarily geared to the common good or to integral and sustainable human development"

 

 

 

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  • "following a period of irrational confidence in progress and human abilities, some sectors of society are now adopting a more critical approach"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we see increasing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect Nature !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our goal is to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pollution and Climate Change
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  • "some forms of pollution are part of people’s daily experience: exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor"

 

 

 

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  • "there is pollution that affects everyone, caused by transport, industrial fumes, substances which contribute to the acidification of soil and water, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and agrotoxins in general"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "technology, which, linked to business interests, proves incapable of seeing the mysterious network of relations between things and so sometimes solves one problem only to create others"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "account must be taken of the pollution produced by residue, including dangerous waste present in different areas"

 

 

 

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  • "each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture which affects the excluded just as it quickly reduces things to rubbish"

 

 

 

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  • "to cite one example, most of the paper we produce is thrown away and not recycled"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "our industrial system, at the end of its cycle of production and consumption, has not developed the capacity to absorb and reuse waste and by-products"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have not yet managed, to adopt a circular model of production !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "capable of preserving resources for present and future generations !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climate as a Common Good
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  • "the climate is a common good, belonging to all - and meant for all !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a disturbing warming of the climatic system !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in recent decades, this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and by an increase of extreme weather events"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases ( carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "released mainly as a result of human activity !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "concentrated in the atmosphere, these gases do not allow the warmth of the sun’s rays reflected by the Earth to be dispersed in space"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the problem is aggravated, by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "another determining factor has been an increase in changed uses of the soil, principally deforestation for agricultural purposes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "warming has effects on the carbon cycle. It creates a vicious circle which aggravates the situation even more"

 

 

 

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  • "affecting the availability of essential resources like drinking water, energy and agricultural production in warmer regions, and leading to the extinction of part of the planet’s biodiversity"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the melting in the polar ice caps and in high altitude plains can lead to the dangerous release of methane gas, while the decomposition of frozen organic material can further increase the emission of carbon dioxide"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "things are made worse, by the loss of tropical forests which would otherwise help to mitigate climate change !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "carbon dioxide pollution increases the acidification of the oceans and compromises the marine food chain"

 

 

 

 

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  • "if present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "climate change is a global problem - with grave implications: environmental, social, economic and political !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms"

 

 

 

 

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  • "however, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Issue of Water
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  • "other indicators of the present situation have to do with the depletion of natural resources"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term"

 

 

 

 

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  • "large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "water poverty especially affects Africa where large sectors of the population have no access to safe drinking water or experience droughts"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in some places there is a growing tendency to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "yet, access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loss of Biodiversity
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  • "the Earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, because they have been lost for ever"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory by their very existence"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have no such right !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "human beings must intervene when a geosystem reaches a critical state"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness ! - since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but the cost of the damage caused by such selfish lack of concern is much greater"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "let us mention, for example, those richly biodiverse lungs of our planet which are the Amazon and the Congo basins, or the great aquifers and glaciers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we know how important these are for the entire Earth and for the future of humanity !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the ecosystems of tropical forests possess an enormously complex biodiversity which is almost impossible to appreciate fully"

 

 

 

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  • "yet, when these forests are burned down or levelled for purposes of cultivation, within the space of a few years countless species are lost and the areas frequently become arid wastelands"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we cannot fail to praise the commitment of international agencies and civil society organizations which draw public attention to these issues and offer critical cooperation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to ensure that each government carries out its proper and inalienable responsibility to preserve its country’s environment and natural resources, without capitulating to spurious local or international interests"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because all creatures are connected !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "each area is responsible for the care of this family !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decline in the Quality of Human Life
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  • "human beings are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and endowed with unique dignity !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "so we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "nowadays we are conscious of the disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities, which have become unhealthy to live in"

 

 

 

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  • "not only because of pollution caused by toxic emissions but also as a result of urban chaos, poor transportation, and visual pollution and noise"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many cities are huge, inefficient structures ! - excessively wasteful of energy and water"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "neighbourhoods, even those recently built, are congested, chaotic and lacking in sufficient green space"

 

 

 

 

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  • "furthermore, when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "efforts need to be made, to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "true wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "real relationships with others !! - with all the challenges they entail"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections"

 

 

 

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  • "yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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global Inequality
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  • "the human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "both everyday experience and scientific research show"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "yet, they are the majority of the planet’s population !!!!! - billions of people !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these days, they are mentioned in international political and economic discussions, but one often has the impression that their problems are brought up as an afterthought"

 

 

 

 

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  • "indeed, when all is said and done, they frequently remain at the bottom of the pile"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a true ecological approach, always becomes a social approach !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor"

 

 

 

 

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  • "yet while it is true that an unequal distribution of the population and of available resources creates obstacles to development and a sustainable use of the environment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it must nonetheless be recognized, that demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues"

 

 

 

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  • "it is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "besides, we know that a third of all food produced is discarded !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and whenever food is thrown out - it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "inequity affects not only individuals but entire countries; it compels us to consider an ethics of international relations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a true "ecological debt" exists !! - particularly between the global north and south"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the export of raw materials to satisfy markets in the industrialized north has caused harm locally"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa"

 

 

 

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  • "there is also the damage caused by the export of solid waste and toxic liquids to developing countries, and by the pollution produced by companies which operate in less developed countries in ways they could never do at home"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we note, that often the businesses which operate this way are multinationals !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them, yet this is not the case where ecological debt is concerned"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in different ways, developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future"

 

 

 

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  • "the developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programmes of sustainable development"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we must continue to be aware that, regarding climate change, there are differentiated responsibilities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need to strengthen the conviction"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that we are one single human family !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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weak Responses
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  • "these situations have caused sister Earth, along with all the abandoned of our world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to cry out - pleading that we take another course !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the establishment of a legal framework !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans would not be affected"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the alliance between the economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "consequently the most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in some countries, there are positive examples of environmental improvement: rivers, polluted for decades, have been cleaned up"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "native woodlands have been restored; landscapes have been beautified thanks to environmental renewal projects; advances have been made in the production of non-polluting energy and in the improvement of public transportation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these achievements show, that men and women are still capable of intervening positively !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Light offered by Faith
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  • "respect must be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "their art and poetry, their interior Life and spirituality"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable of remedying the damage we have done"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "no branch of the sciences and no form of wisdom can be left out !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we realize the responsibility within creation !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and our duty towards Nature !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the Hymn of Saint Francis of Assisi
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  • "praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "especially Sir Brother Sun"

 

 

 

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  • "who is the day and through whom you give us Light"

 

 

 

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  • "and he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour"

 

 

 

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  • "and bears a likeness of you, Most High"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars"

 

 

 

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  • "in Heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind"

 

 

 

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  • "and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather"

 

 

 

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  • "through whom you give sustenance to your creatures"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water"

 

 

 

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  • "who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire"

 

 

 

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  • "through whom you light the night"

 

 

 

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  • "and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis
:
LINK ¤ VATICAN

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  • ""Laudato Si" is the second encyclical of Pope Francis"

 

 

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  • "it has the subtitle: "on the Care for our Common Home""
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