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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cardinal Turkson: “Conversion of heart” needed to respect nature

Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson is making news with comments that link ecology and human life. In a talk he gave in Rio de Janeiro to the group Creatio, the cardinal echoed the words of Bl. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, saying that the environmental crises of our age can only be addressed by an "authentic 'conversion of heart.'”

The Catholic News Agency has the full report, some of which is below. Read the cardinal’s words and then consider offering a decade of the Rosary in thanks for his good work and for a global reception of the truth he speaks.

While you’re at it, please share his words abundantly. Everyone needs to encourage the conversion of hearts that will be necessary for saving ecosystems, human lives, and, ultimately, souls.

Here's the opening of the CNA report:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013.  
(CNA/EWTN News).- Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship with God and his creation, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
“The concern for the earth must go in tandem – side-by-side – with concern for human life itself,” he said.
The cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke last week to a group of pilgrims at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He delivered the keynote address at a conference hosted by Creatio, a group that seeks to address environmental problems by promoting reconciliation between humans and creation.
“I think it's very providential that we're gathered here in Rio,” he said, noting that the city has hosted prominent United Nations environmental meetings, dealing with sustainability and solidarity with past and future generations.
Cardinal Turkson discussed environmental issues in the context of Catholic social teaching. While it is sometimes said that the Church's social teaching began with Pope Leo XIII, the cardinal rejected this claim, explaining instead that Pope Leo formalized principles that had always been in place.

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