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

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November 4, 2015

A boy wades through sewage and rubbish in early June on the banks of a river in Kolkata, India. "We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made," said Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in an Oct. 31 interview with the Catholic Times, newspaper of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. (CNS photo/Piyal Adhikary, EPA) See TURKSON-GLOBAL-CLIMATE Nov. 4, 2015.

A boy wades through sewage and rubbish in early June on the banks of a river in Kolkata, India. “We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made,” said Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in an Oct. 31 interview with the Catholic Times, newspaper of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. (CNS photo/Piyal Adhikary, EPA)

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 Oct. 31 in an interview with the Catholic Times, newspaper of the Columbus Diocese. “This is what the pope wants people to understand.

“If the question is ‘What has God made?'” he continued, ‘the response is that the Bible says God created two things. God created the world and God created the human person, and those essentially are the two things we are talking about in this encyclical.

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