Protecting people means protecting the planet, cardinal says

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May 16, 2015

Men collect fuel oil from rocks April 23 following an oil spill along Veneguera beach in Spain's Canary Islands. Few papal encyclicals have been as eagerly awaited as Pope Francis' upcoming statement on the environment. (CNS photo/Borja Suarez, Reuters) See ENCYCLICAL-PLANS April 29, 2015.

Men collect fuel oil from rocks April 23 following an oil spill along Veneguera beach in Spain’s Canary Islands. Few papal encyclicals have been as eagerly awaited as Pope Francis’ upcoming statement on the environment. (CNS photo/Borja Suarez, Reuters)

ROME (CNS) — Pride, greed and selfishness are destroying the planet just as they destroy human lives, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.

However, with action inspired by good stewardship and solidarity, people can ensure that the earth is “a nurturing home for every man, woman and child in every country and in every generation,” said the cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Cardinal Turkson, who oversaw work on a first draft of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology, addressed the general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in Rome May 14.

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