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Pope Francis sets his sights on eliminating waste

"Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor"

<p>(Picture: Vatican Insider/La Stampa)</p>

(Picture: Vatican Insider/La Stampa)

  • Alessandro Speciale for Vatican Insider/La Stampa
  • Vatican City
  • June 6, 2013
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On World Environmental Day Pope Francis took the opportunity during the General Audience to send out “a strong reminder of the need to eliminate the waste and disposal of food,” Vatican Radio reports. In today’s catechesis, the Pope firmly rejected today’s uncontrolled “culture of waste”, disposability and quick consumption, which leads to the worship of money and stock markets.

“This "culture of waste" tends to become the common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person is no longer perceived as a primary value to be respected and protected, especially if poor or disabled, if not yet useful - such as the unborn child - or no longer needed - such as the elderly. This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food,” the Vatican Radio reported the Pope saying.

Francis spoke out against the indifference in the world today. People die of cold in the streets because of this indifference: “If in so many parts of the world there are children who have nothing to eat, that's not news, it seems normal. It cannot be this way! Yet these things become the norm: that some homeless people die of cold on the streets is not news. In contrast, a ten point drop on the stock markets of some cities is a tragedy. A person dying is not news, but if the stock markets drop ten points it is a tragedy! Thus people are disposed of, as if they were trash. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able to give a just value, which goes well beyond mere economic parameters,” Francis said according to the Vatican Radio website’s report.

“Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the "culture of waste." If you break a computer it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs, the dramas of so many people end up becoming the norm. If on a winter’s night, here nearby in Via Ottaviano, for example, a person dies, that is not news. If in so many parts of the world there are children who have nothing to eat, that's not news, it seems normal,” the Pope said.

“To "cultivate and care" encompasses not only the relationship between us and the environment,” but human relations as well. “We are living in a time of crisis.” “The human person is in danger,” the Pope said.

Full Story: Francis: “When stock markets drop ten points it’s ‘a tragedy’, when one man dies it’s the norm” 

Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa 

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