On climate issue, Catholics urged to ‘feel pain of the planet, the poor’

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February 24, 2016

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is seen on the campus of St. Thomas University in Miami Feb. 19 during a two-day international conference on climate change, nature and society. Cardinal Turkson delivered a keynote in which he discussed U.S. government policy on climate change and the position of the U.S. bishops on the issue. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) See story to come.

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is seen on the campus of St. Thomas University in Miami Feb. 19 during a two-day international conference on climate change, nature and society. Cardinal Turkson delivered a keynote in which he discussed U.S. government policy on climate change and the position of the U.S. bishops on the issue. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy)

MIAMI (CNS) — Pope Francis’ right-hand man on the environment and climate change issues urged Catholics attending a local academic conference to let Christian spirituality guide their thinking and actions toward preserving the full range of God’s creation.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke Feb. 19 in Miami at St. Thomas University as part of the school’s two-day International Conference on Climate, Nature & Society. The event was spearheaded by the university’s Institute for Bioethics.

The conference tackled the science and social impact of ecological change with talks from leading experts in the field along with Cardinal Turkson, who recently made several U.S. stops last week in the Vatican’s efforts to promote Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

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