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Destroying creation is destroying a gift of God, pope says at audience

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Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what he created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said.

The Bible says that after every stage of creation, God was pleased with what he had made, the pope said Wednesday at his weekly general audience. "To destroy creation is to say to God, 'I don't like it.' "

On the other hand, he said, safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"

Pope says church tensions must be resolved with discussion, prayer

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In the church, as in any other situation, "problems cannot be resolved by pretending they don't exist," Pope Francis said.

"Confronting one another, discussing and praying -- that is how conflicts in the church are resolved," the pope said Sunday before praying the "Regina Coeli" with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis will take rabbi and Muslim leader with him to Holy Land

Pope Francis will be accompanied on his first visit to the Middle East by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud -- two friends from Buenos Aires.

It is the first time a pope has made an official visit accompanied by members of other faiths, and it underscores the interfaith focus of Francis' trip to the Holy Land, the Vatican said Thursday.

Vatican official voices opposition to automated weapons systems

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No matter how sophisticated and how many algorithms are programmed to help a drone or other machine make calculations before firing on a target, autonomous weapons systems could never comply with international human rights law, a Vatican official said.

"Meaningful human involvement is absolutely essential in decisions affecting the life and death of human beings," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, told experts meeting May 13-16 to discuss lethal autonomous weapons systems.

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