On climate issue, Catholics urged to ‘feel pain of the planet, the poor’

MIAMI (CNS) — Pope Francis’ right-hand man on the environment and climate change issues urged Catholics attending a local academic conference to let Christian spirituality guide their thinking and actions toward preserving the full range of God’s creation. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke Feb. 19 in Miami…

Don’t be afraid to show concern, fight poverty, pope tells global leaders

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t be afraid of acting fairly and compassionately toward the poor, Pope Francis said in a written message to global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. And do not let the sweeping innovations in robotics, science and technology “lead to the destruction of the human person —…

If people love God, they must care for what he has made, says cardinal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) — The lead consultant on “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, said that although it’s a document of nearly 40,000 words, its message can be summed up in one sentence. “We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said…

Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — A Vatican official told a U.N. gathering on climate change that Pope Francis’ new encyclical is calling on all societies to examine how they produce and consume goods and on all the world’s people to realize the role they, too, have in addressing global warming. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the…

Cardinal Turkson: Humanity a “poor steward” of environment

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson on Saturday spoke about how Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ affects the world of agriculture. The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was opening a three-day symposium at the Milan Expo on “Faith, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment: A New Idea of Development to Beat Hunger…

Greenbacks and the green economy: Ecology is good business

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, said the CEO of the multinational Unilever. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s and Suave, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that “the cost…

Protecting people means protecting the planet, cardinal says

ROME (CNS) — Pride, greed and selfishness are destroying the planet just as they destroy human lives, said Cardinal Peter Turkson. However, with action inspired by good stewardship and solidarity, people can ensure that the earth is “a nurturing home for every man, woman and child in every country and in every generation,” said the…