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Cardinal McCarrick Urges Rescuing Planet

Environmental Symposium Concludes in Greenland

NARSARSUAQ, Greenland, SEPT. 12, 2007 ( The beauty of God’s creation is being destroyed, and people of all faiths need to work together to stop the destruction, says Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., spoke Tuesday with Vatican Radio about the need to protect the environment. His comments came as he participated in the seventh symposium organized by the nongovernmental organization Religion, Science and the Environment, which ended today.

The symposium was held under the patronage of Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I and gathered religious and social leaders in Greenland.

Cardinal McCarrick said that “this is a holy place, because this is God’s work. The Lord gave us this world, this beauty, which has an extraordinary importance for the well-being of the entire world. Being here we can say thanks to God for this world, thanks for this place, thanks for the opportunity to live and inhabit these places, because this is his house.”

“But,” the 77-year-old cardinal added, “we also know that is necessary to do something so that the world’s greatness will go on, the beauty of the world, the holiness of the world. We are here to say that we are a family and that we must safeguard the house of the family.”

On Monday, the participants were in Nuuk, home of the only Catholic church in Greenland.

Cardinal McCarrick encouraged people of all religions to work together in protecting the environment.

“We can see this beauty, but we can also see, unfortunately, that all of this is being destroyed,” he said. “I believe that we must participate and come together to be able to do something good in this moment for the future of the world and for future generations.”

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