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Francis: Caring for the earth a thank-you note to God

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Recycling an aluminum can. Planting new trees. Flipping off the light switch. All can act as thank-you notes to God.

So said Pope Francis, who delivered that message Wednesday during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square before more than 50,000 people.

“Custody of creation is custody of God’s gift to us and it is also a way of saying thank you to God. I am the master of creation but to carry it forward I will never destroy your gift,” he said.

Vatican: More help needed for those bearing brunt of climate change

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World leaders and policymakers need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change and direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said.

"As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told members of the World Health Assembly on Wednesday in Geneva.

A gardener's groans for the future

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People misunderstand gardeners. They think we are like normal people and resist loss and what Robert Frost calls “the diminished thing.”

We are not. 

We may have all those feelings going on but we also have another one. It is the gardener’s gene and genius. Groaning is its name. It is a groaning for the future, the one that will live in the seed after we are long fallow.  

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