Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to "heal wounded creation"

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The revelation comes only a day after the leader of the Catholic Church held a rare and "extremely positive" meeting with representatives of Israeli, American and European rabbis at the Vatican, in which they thanked the Church for their mid-20th Century decision to try to stymie anti-Semitism within their ranks and reform religious doctrine relating to Jews.

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Ignoring God's plan for creation has "tragic and lasting" consequences on both "the human environment and the natural environment", they wrote.

Looking at the description of the Garden of Eden from the Book of Genesis, the pope and patriarch said, "The earth was entrusted to us as a sublime gift and legacy".

They said in the statement that human dignity and welfare were deeply connected to the care for the whole of creation, but they were now imperilled by actions that have led to the deterioration of the planet's natural environment.

However, "in the meantime", the history of the world presents a very different context. "Our attitude and behaviour towards creation obscures our calling as God's co-operators".

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Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to "heal wounded creation"

He said: "Our propensity to interrupt the world's delicate and balanced ecosystems, our insatiable desire to manipulate and control the planet's limited resources, and our greed for limitless profit in markets - all these have alienated us from the original objective of creation". Instead of regarding nature and creation as a gift shared among everyone, we think we can rule over it like a private possession.

"We no longer associate with nature in order to sustain it; instead, we lord over it to support our own constructs", the statement continues.

Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the letter said Francis has been "deeply moved by the tragic loss of life and the huge material devastation that this natural catastrophe has left in its wake".

"Our obligation to use the earth's goods responsibly implies the recognition of and respect for all people and all living creatures", they said. "You can not try to tackle poverty without caring for the earth and equally you can not care for the earth without caring for the people who live on the earth", said Father Augusto Zampini Davies, an official at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

"His Holiness Pope Francis asks you kindly to convey the assurance of his spiritual closeness and pastoral concern to all those affected by the violent hurricane that swept through the states of Texas and Louisiana in these days".

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