23 Jun '11, 1am

Priest in Brazil Replaces Prayer With Tree-Planting : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Priest in Brazil Replaces Prayer With Tree-Planting : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Photo: Pink Sherbet Photography / CC Planting trees may be a great way to help save the environment, but thanks to one Catholic diocese in Brazil, it's having a similar effect on parishioners' immortal souls. In an effort to bring a bit of green back to the small city of Pires do Rio, a local priest has begun telling churchgoers that the only way to get square with the man upstairs and cleanse themselves of sin isn't through prayer, but by getting their hands dirty planting trees. So, the city's faithful are on a roll righting their sins -- and they've a forest's worth, in fact. According to a report from Globo , confession-time in the central Brazilian city has taken a turn for the green. Typically, the Catholic sacrament involves churchgoers divulging their moral indiscretions to a priest who then instructs them to pray to God as a way of absolving themselves of sin -- b...

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