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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=53332 Patriarch, Pope join in plea for the environment Greenland, Sep. 5, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Environmental
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      Patriarch, Pope join in plea for the environment

      Greenland, Sep. 5, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Environmental scientists are
      gathering in Greenland this week for a conference on protecting the
      Arctic ecosystem. The meeting is sponsored by Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

      The Orthodox Patriarch-- who is in Romania this week, attending the
      3rd European Ecumenical Assembly-- said that the conference is part
      of an urgent effort to address concerns about the environment.

      "There is no time for waiting or delay," Patriarch Bartholomew said.
      Disregard for environmental problems, he said, means "irresponsibly--
      even dangerously-- shutting our eyes" to problems that will affect
      the future of mankind. Insofar as human action has contributed to
      environemental problems, he called for "repentance, together with the
      change of life that accompanies repentance."

      During his regular weekly public audience at the Vatican on September
      5, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) sent his greetings to participants
      in the meeting in Greenland, and promised "my support for their efforts."

      "Protecting water resources and paying attention to climate change
      are important issues for the entire human family," the Holy Father
      said. He added that care for the environment is a welcome sign of
      "better respect for the wonders of God's creation."
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