Human Beings and Environment Are Inevitable Dependent on One Another

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Human Beings and Environment Are Inevitable Dependent on One Another


MANILA, Philippines - In his message to the student-participants who attended the meeting organized by the Italian Association "Sorella natura" recently, Pope Benedict XVI noted the significance of the date of the meeting that coincided with the date in 1979 when Pope John Paul II proclaimed St. Francis of Assisi as the patron of the environment. The Supreme Pontiff noted how St. Francis had urged his contemporaries to "recognize that nature is like a marvelous book speaking to us of God, of His beauty and goodness." He cited how the saint asked the friar who tended the convent garden to leave space for a rich flowerbed so that passerby would raise their thoughts to God, as Creator of such beauty. While the Church appreciates the significant achievements and milestones of scientific research and discoveries, the pope said, it has "never ceased to remind people that by respecting the mark of the Creator in all creation, we achieve a better understanding of our true and profound human identity... If, in fact, human activity forgets to collaborate with God, it can do violence to the creation and cause damage which always has negative consequences, also for mankind." Just as we adopt measures and formulate policies to ensure that intellectual property - all "creations of the human mind" - are respected and safeguarded, there should be greater effort to ensure that God's magnificent mark in His creations on this planet and the entire universe are also accorded appropriate recognition, deference, and regard. …

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