Pope Francis: Abusing Ecosystems Is a ‘Grave Sin’

Pope Francis: Abusing Ecosystems Is a ‘Grave Sin’


ROME — Pope Francis urged Christians to care for creation Wednesday, insisting that the abuse of ecosystems is a “grave sin” while lamenting the negative effects of global warming.

We must extend care to our common home, “to the earth and to every creature,” the pope told pilgrims gather in the Vatican’s San Damaso courtyard for his weekly general audience. “All forms of life are interconnected, and our health depends on that of the ecosystems that God created and entrusted to us to care for.”

“Abusing them, on the other hand, is a grave sin that damages us, and harms us, and makes us sick,” he added.

In his address, the pope suggested that an exaggerated anthropocentrism that sees the human person as superior to the rest of creation contributes to an arrogance that leads to this abuse.

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He said that “it is easy to fall prey to an unbalanced

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