From: Associated Press
Published August 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Pope Benedict XVI Urges Better Care for the Environment

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged better care for the environment, saying it was being endangered by lifestyle choices causing its deterioration.

Such deterioration, the pontiff said during his traditional Sunday blessing, "make the lives of poor people on earth especially unbearable."

Benedict remarked that the Italian Catholic Church has chosen Sept. 1 to celebrate it first Earth Day.

"Along with Christians from all denominations, we must commit to taking care of creation, without squandering its resources and sharing them in a convivial manner," the pope said.

Source: Associated Press

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