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article imageCatholic Church Declares Today Save Creation Day

By Bob Ewing     Sep 2, 2007 in Environment
Pope Benedict joined approximately 300,000 young Roman Catholics for an eco-friendly festival. Pope urges young Catholics to take better care of the planet and called for "courageous decisions" to safeguard creation.
Pope Benedict joined with 300,000 young Italians to celebrate the first Italian, Save Creation Festival. The festival is located at the shrine of Loretto, and is using only biodegradable and recyclable materials. This event is a lead up to the 2008 Catholic World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. The Pope will attend that event.
The Pope said that young Catholics need to take better care of the planet and that it was necessary to make courageous decisions in order to safeguard the plane.
The Pope further urged the crowd to save the planet from development which has often upset nature’s delicate equilibrium. He said "Before it's too late, we need to make courageous choices that will recreate a strong alliance between man and Earth. We need a decisive 'yes' to care for creation and a strong commitment to reverse those trends that risk making the situation of decay irreversible."
His Holiness focused on water during his main homily and referred to water as a precious resource and a potential source of tension and conflict. He also urged the crowd crowds to have faith that they can succeed in marriage and decried what he called a "failure of love" and the decline of family values.
The main focus of Save Creation day was on the environment, for example, each participant received a free knapsack that was made of recycled paper which contained a hand-cranked battery charger, plates, cutlery which were made from bio-degradable plastic as well as bags for tying up their rubbish when they left.
This is an excellent start, we need to create event whether they be festivals, workshops or conference that are zero waste events. Perhaps we also need to consider that in a day when we can talk and see each other and not leave our homes that we are putting too much emphasis on large public gatherings to spread the word.
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