The Good News ... Oct. 31, 2008

Last month the first of 2,400 solar panels were installed atop Paul VI Auditorium (pictured) in Vatican City. According to Pier Carlo Cuscianna, head of the Vatican's department of technical services, "Solar energy
will provide all the energy (the building) needs."


Over the last few years, Pope Benedict XVI has made numerous historic statements: criticizing unbalanced use of global energy supplies and natural resources, declaring pollution a "deadly sin," urging 1,000,000,000 Catholics to "respect creation," and calling for concrete actions.

The Good News
Part 1, Earthly Rewards. In addition to making this auditorium carbon-neutral, the Vatican has begun a plan which will: a) make their facilities energy independent, b) save millions and millions of dollars, c) increase their own energy security, d) eliminate other forms of pollution, and e) help usher in a sustainable world economy.

The Good News
Part 2, Heavenly Rewards. Likely, this pioneering will invigorate the Catholic Church's 1 Billion faithful as its core leadership go beyond "talk," to embark upon a journey of living-out their commitment to social justice and world energy use. The Catholic Church has begin exercising a deeper sense of its "dominion" within God's Creation.

The Good News
Part 3, A New Era. Vatican City State is doing more than just going green. This underscores the emergence of a new consciousness among the faithful. The Church, institutionally, has the authority to define stewardship to its members. Today's Catholic and Protestant Christians are active in dissolving the stereotypical divide between faith and the environment and undertaking inspired actions. A recent conference (The Renewal Summit, link below) asked the question, "Why is the voice for the care of Creation stronger outside of the Church?" Today, religious leaders worldwide are taking up environmental sustainability as both spiritual imperative and spiritual opportunity.

Closing Thought
"Those who destroy the environment are also big sinners." -- Italian Cardinal Deacon Renato Raffaele Martino

Thanks for reading, links below.



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catholic news: Vatican Expands Mission

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video: Vatican Shines a LIght

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msnbc: First Solar Panels Installed

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th: Becoming World's First Carbon Neutral State

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Renewal Summit

Switching To Clean Energy
Switching To Clean Energy

Pursuing safe, clean, green sources of energy!


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