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German churches call for "car fast"

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  • Erik Rauch
    The Catholic dioceses of Trier, Mainz and Limburg and the Lutheran churches of Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen-Nassau are calling for their parishioners to consider
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27 8:37 AM
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      The Catholic dioceses of Trier, Mainz and Limburg and the Lutheran
      churches of Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen-Nassau are calling for their
      parishioners to consider abstaining from car use during Lent. As part
      of "Aktion AutoFasten", leaders of these churches, which have several
      million members altogether, are calling for people to use alternative
      means of transport from March 7 to April 7. The campaign is "an appeal
      to all Christians to question their daily lifestyle and their
      relationship to the environment", especially regarding their use of
      cars, "in order to become inwardly free and independent," according to
      a press release by the archdiocese of Mainz. The churches wish to
      highlight "the individual's personal responsibility toward the
      environment and God's creation."

      This is the seventh year the call has been made; each year a larger
      number of churches have taken part. The campaign is being supported by
      the Germain rail company and local transport authorities with tickets
      good for free travel on trains all public transport, as well as the
      environment ministry of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Certain
      car-sharing and bicycle rental are also supporting the campaign with
      free rentals.

      More information in German is available at http://www.autofasten.de .
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