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article imagePope Francis calls exploitation of nature 'sin of our times'

By Greta McClain     Jul 5, 2014 in World
Campobasso - During an address at Italy's University of Molise on Saturday, Pope Francis chastised those who exploit and destroy nature, calling such behavior the "sin of our times".
During his speech, the Pope specifically pointed to the destruction of the South American rainforests, saying:
“When I look at America, also my own homeland, so many forests, all cut, that have become land…that can no longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her.”
Pope Francis went on to say that we as humans need to "convert ourselves" to a developmental process that is respectful of creation.
Pope Francis' belief that humans should be respectful caretakers of what God has given us is nothing new. During an address to members of the Diplomatic Corps in January of this year, the Pope talked about the need to be respectful of the environment and to consider it a gracious gift that must be cared for, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of future generations. He also called it our crucial responsibility to pursue "policies respectful of this earth which is our common home."
During a Vatican Radio address in May, the Pope said:
"Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude."
After being elected Pope in March 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century saint know for being the patron saint of animals and the environment.
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