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    » 03/07/2008, 00.00

    VATICAN

    The Holy See promotes a "green economy" to save creation



    The spokesman of the Holy See and the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, expresses the sensitivity of the Vatican on environmental questions and the need to promote lifestyles that respect the environment.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Sustainable development is possible if there is a common vision capable of overcoming individual interests in favour of collective.  The Vatican is convinced of this, and has expressed its support for those who work to safeguard the environment, "the magnificent masterpiece of God". Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations, speaking at a meeting promoted by the UN, said that sustainable development is a harmonious strategy that fosters the preservation of the environment, the control of climate change, economic development, and human needs.

     "The use of 'clean' technologies'", said the diplomat, whose speech was distributed in the Vatican, "is an important component of sustainable development.  In order to help the countries of the third world to become industrialised, while avoiding the errors that the more advanced world has committed in the past, rich countries should share with developing countries the new technologies that have been developed precisely in order to safeguard the environment".  "Furthermore", continued Archbishop Migliore, "the markets must sponsor 'green economies', and discourage the demand for products that damage the environment".  

    Calling upon the conscience of each one, Archbishop Migliore, finally, invited each person to be an informed and responsible consumer, because many of the products that we buy have a direct impact on the environment.

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    30/09/2008 VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
    Holy See: protecting civilians is an international obligation
    In his addressed to the General Assembly of the United Nations, Mgr Migliore said that the language of “protection” should not be used to justify aggression against states. It must instead help “to come together in the face of crises to find means for fair and open negotiations, support the moral force of law and search for the common good.”



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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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