IRELAND: "THE CRY OF THE EARTH", BISHOPS’ LETTER ON THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

"In the last few years, our efforts to save the planet did not bear much fruit. For this reason it is important that the Church teach people how to contribute to the protection of the environment", said the archbishop of the diocese of Cashel & Emly, Mgr Dermot Clifford, as he announced the Irish bishops’ pastoral letter on the environment. The document entitled "The cry of the earth" is to be released in Donaghmede, Dublin, on 10 November and will be made available to parishes in English, Irish and Polish with an accompanying reflection on the same issue in DVD format. The material will also be published on the Bishops’ Conference website. An interview with John Sweeney, director of the Climate Analysis and Research Unity at the National University of Maynooth, will also be published on the website. "We are not scientists – explained Mgr Clifford – which is why the first part of the document has been written by two scientists. In the second part we, bishops, explain what everyone can do, from recycling to saving water, passing through minimizing the use of heaters – these are all measures that will help save and are important in these times of recession". The archbishop then added that he hopes the document will be read and commented upon, thus leading to a better understanding of St Francis, a saint with a deep love for Creation". ” “

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