jpii-campoThis week’s post at Aleteia explains that stewardship of the environment has been part of the church’s teaching and the pope’s agenda for some time. Benedict XVI was actually dubbed “the Green Pope” during his reign. Pope Francis’ planned encyclical on the environment will build on the work of his two predecessors.

If any recent pope was a pioneer in the church’s advocacy of responsible stewardship of the environment it was Benedict XVI. He realized that environmental issues are not simply a trendy ideology but that these issues are connected with serious human welfare matters. Concern for the environment is linked with concern for the poor. Glazer said about Benedict, “He has a great concern for what was going to happen to the poorest people as a result of environmental destruction”.

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