'God always forgives, but the earth does not,' Pope warns
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
11/21/2014 (4 years ago)
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A doomsday scenario in which Mother Nature would exact her revenge is possible, even likely, Pope Francis warns. The pontiff was speaking out against the exploitation of natural resources for profit.
The Pope urged the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry. "God always forgives, but the earth does not."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pope urged the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry. "God always forgives, but the earth does not," he told the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, a three-day meeting aimed at tackling malnutrition.
"Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction," the Pope said. Representatives from 190 countries gathered for the conference organized by the UN food agency (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in the Italian capital.
"Feed the hungry, save life on the planet," Pope Francis said at the end of his speech which was met with a standing ovation.
Long a champion of the poor and downtrodden, the Pope said that the world had "paid too little heed to those who are hungry."
While the number of undernourished people dropped by over half in the past two decades, some 805 million people were still affected in 2014.
"It is also painful to see the struggle against hunger and malnutrition hindered by 'market priorities', the 'primacy of profit', which reduce foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation and financial speculation in particular," Francis said.
"The hungry remain at the street corner . and ask for a healthy diet. We ask for dignity, not for charity," he said.
Never one to mince words, the pope has long attacked those who get rich through market speculation, particularly the practice of betting on the price of food commodities which can inflate prices and see poor families go hungry.
The Pope called for the "mutual respect, instead of fighting between themselves, damaging and impoverishing the planet."
Praising the work of the FAO and WHO in getting the delegates to adopt a "Rome Declaration on Nutrition" and "Framework for Action", he called on those drawing up "rules and technical measures" not to lose sight of the hungry man "fighting for survival.
"Feed the hungry, save life on the planet," Francis said at the end of his speech which was met with a standing ovation.
The declaration also focused on the growing problem of inactive over-eaters. Two billion people suffer from deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc, a condition known as "hidden hunger" by experts, while 42 million children and 500 million adults are overweight or obese.
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