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In his own words: Pope Francis quotes from ‘Laudato Si’’’
August 9th, 2016

On creation as God’s love
“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose …The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”


On the meaning of ‘environment’
“When we speak of the ‘environment’, what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.”


On climate change
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.”


On the cry of the poor
“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 eco-systemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry.”


On indifference
“Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.”


On technology as ‘progress’
“A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress.”


On consumerism
“A sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and gray, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly.”


On climate deniers
“Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”


On the need for action
“The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.”


On hope
“A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.”


From August 11, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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