Thursday, December 14, 2006

Pope Touts "Ecology of Peace"

Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article:

In an annual message for peace, Benedict strongly emphasized a theme rarely taken up in his nearly two years as pope: what he called the “ecology of peace,” the idea that protecting the environment and finding alternative energy sources could reduce conflict.
“In recent years, new nations have entered enthusiastically into industrial production, thereby increasing their energy needs,” the pope wrote in a 14-page address. “Meanwhile, some parts of the planet remain backward and development is effectively blocked, partly because of the rise in energy prices.
“What will happen to these peoples?” he asked. “What injustices and conflicts will be provoked by the race for energy sources?”
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