Helping environment, poverty requires change of heart, cardinal says

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July 3, 2015

A "Climate" banner is seen hanging from the U.N. General Assembly building in New York City June 30, a day after the U.N. hosted a high-level event on climate change. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See TURKSON-CLIMATE July 2, 2015.

A “Climate” banner is seen hanging from the U.N. General Assembly building in New York City June 30, a day after the U.N. hosted a high-level event on climate change. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

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 Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, echoed many of the sentiments raised by the encyclical during a June 29 address.

In the document, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” the pope argues that “climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,” the cardinal said.

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