Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

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June 8, 2015

A View of the Jaguari dam in Brazil shows low water levels in early January. The drought in the region is the worst in 80 years, according to reports, as only a third of the usual rainfall occurred during the wet season from December to February. (CNS photo/Sebastiao Moreira, EPA) See ENCYCLICAL- June 8, 2015.

A View of the Jaguari dam in Brazil shows low water levels in early January. The drought in the region is the worst in 80 years, according to reports, as only a third of the usual rainfall occurred during the wet season from December to February. (CNS photo/Sebastiao Moreira, EPA)

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message — one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.

“The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people’s life and health,” Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.

“Pope Francis has repeatedly stated that the environment is not only an economic or political issue, but is an anthropological and ethical matter,” he said. “How can you have wealth if it comes at the expense of the suffering and death of other people and the deterioration of the environment?”

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