Protect the Amazon region's cultural and natural vibrancy
For most of the lengthy document titled Querida Amazonia--or "Dear Amazon"--Pope Francis focused on climate change, and the struggle to protect the
Amazon region's cultural and natural vibrancy.
Laying out what he calls his four "dreams" for the region,
Francis called for "an Amazon region that 'fights for the rights of the poor,' that 'preserves its distinctive cultural riches,' that 'jealously preserves its overwhelming natural beauty' and lastly,
that the Christian communities might be 'capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the Amazon region,' " as the official Vatican News reports.
Amazon is not an inexhaustible source of resources
In the middle of Peru's Amazon jungle, Pope Francis delivered a speech stressing ecology and issuing a strong appeal for protection of the Amazon region, which he said is not an "inexhaustible source of resources," while also insisting that human life
has equal, if not greater, value.
"We know of the suffering caused for some of you by emissions of hydrocarbons, which gravely threaten the lives of your families and contaminate your natural environment," he said.
There are movements, the pope told a stadium with some 4,000 people from the Amazonian region, trying to preserve the forest that also "hoard great expanses of woodland and negotiate with them,
leading to situations of oppression for the native peoples." Saving the trees and wildlife, in other words, is not good enough, if the people who live in the region are not equally protected.
Source: CruxNow.com, "Pope in Amazon," by Inés San Martín
, Jan 19, 2018
Avert serious effects of environmental deterioration
Business is a noble vocation directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity from the area in which it operates, especially if it assists the creation of jobs as an essential job of its purpose to the
common good. This common good also includes the Earth. A central theme of the encyclical which I recently [released was that we should view our world as] our common home.
We need a conversation which includes everyone since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots concern and effect us all.
I call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps and to avert the most serious
effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference, I'm sure. And I have no doubt that the United States, and this Congress, have an important role to play.
Stewards of God's creation give world to future generations
Pope Francis issued the first-ever papal encyclical on the environment. Here are some of the pope's strongest statements on the environment:
"God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives. If you give her a slap, she
will give you one. I believe that we have exploited nature too much."--Press conference, 1/15/15
"As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and
pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." --Speech, Manila, Philippines, 1/18/15
"We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!"--Remarks in Quito,
"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish."--Papal encyclical, 5/24/15