Pope on Earth Day: 'Do Not Exploit, Manipulate the Planet'

Says Relationship of Mankind, Nature Must Be Without Greed

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«Do not manipulate or exploit the planet.» Recalling that today April 22 is Earth Day, Pope Francis launched this appeal at the end of this morning’s Weekly General Audience to the faithful in a sunny St. Peter’s Square.

“I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator,» the Pope said, namely that «the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden be cultivated.”

“The relationship of mankind with nature,» the Jesuit Pope stated, «must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation.» Rather, he said, «it must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care.»

Only if this balance is maintained, will the earth be able to be put to «the service of our brothers» and «of future generations,” the Pope said.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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