In a strong message on care for creation, Pontiff warns that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests.”
Describing the threat to the planet's oceans as an “emergency”, Pontiff warns “We need to pray as if everything depended on God’s providence, and work as if everything depended on us.”
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warns representatives of the legal establishment: “A political or judicial system which betrays or undervalues the equality and the dignity of all, betrays its calling and betrays humanity.”
“In previous generations, there was a tendency to assume that everyone believed the same thing... it was sometimes more about conformism than about a personal relationship with God."
As Churches we have often neglected our responsibilities for the protection of creation or have even distorted the true attitude towards the environment.
“It offers individual believers and the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation."
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
Christians must reject "climate of violence which all too often in recent times has mired our city, as yesterday when a six year old child was shot."