28 Nov '14, 3pm
Pope Francis: We Are 'Stewards, Not Masters' of the Earth via @ecowatch
The Pope told members of the European Union (EU) that it was essential to protect human dignity and human rights. He singled out treatment of the old, the young and immigrations as in need of revision and urged EU members to consider policies that created employment with humane working conditions. “We encounter certain rather selfish lifestyles, marked by an opulence which is no longer sustainable and frequently indifferent to the world around us, and especially to the poorest of the poor,” he said. “To our dismay we see technical and economic questions dominating political debate, to the detriment of genuine concern for human beings. Men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited.” That tendency toward “consumption,” he said, extended to the planet and its resources. “Our Earth needs constant concern and...