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Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

Pope Francis was a key player in thawing relations between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.

The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the pope’s wish to directly influence next year’s crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.

“Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions,” Sorondo told Cafod, the Catholic development agency, at a meeting in London. “The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.”

Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.

According to Vatican insiders, Francis will meet other faith leaders and lobby politicians at the general assembly in New York in September, when countries will sign up to new anti-poverty and environmental goals.

In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.

“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.

In Lima last month, bishops from every continent expressed their frustration with the stalled climate talks and, for the first time, urged rich countries to act.

Sorondo, a fellow Argentinian who is known to be close to Pope Francis, said: “Just as humanity confronted revolutionary change in the 19th century at the time of industrialisation, today we have changed the natural environment so much. If current trends continue, the century will witness unprecedented climate change and destruction of the ecosystem with tragic consequences.”

According to Neil Thorns, head of advocacy at Cafod, said: “The anticipation around Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical is unprecedented. We have seen thousands of our supporters commit to making sure their MPs know climate change is affecting the poorest communities.”

However, Francis’s environmental radicalism is likely to attract resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US – where Catholic climate sceptics also include John Boehner, Republican leader of the House of Representatives and Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate.

Cardinal George Pell, a former archbishop of Sydney who has been placed in charge of the Vatican’s budget, is a climate change sceptic who has been criticised for claiming that global warming has ceased and that if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were doubled, then “plants would love it”.

Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Clementina Hall to exchange Christmas greetings with Pope Francis on 22 December, 2014 in Vatican City.
Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, arrives at the Vatican to exchange Christmas greetings with Pope Francis on 22 December, 2014.Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Dan Misleh, director of the Catholic climate covenant, said: “There will always be 5-10% of people who will take offence. They are very vocal and have political clout. This encyclical will threaten some people and bring joy to others. The arguments are around economics and science rather than morality.

“A papal encyclical is rare. It is among the highest levels of a pope’s authority. It will be 50 to 60 pages long; it’s a big deal. But there is a contingent of Catholics here who say he should not be getting involved in political issues, that he is outside his expertise.”

Francis will also be opposed by the powerful US evangelical movement, said Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the conservative Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has declared the US environmental movement to be “un-biblical” and a false religion.

“The pope should back off,” he said. “The Catholic church is correct on the ethical principles but has been misled on the science. It follows that the policies the Vatican is promoting are incorrect. Our position reflects the views of millions of evangelical Christians in the US.”

Source: The Guardian

Rusizi: Ninde wiba amabendera y’igihugu?


Mu ijoro ryo ku wa 17 Ugushyingo 2014, nibwo hari ku nshuro ya kane mu kagari ka Kigenge umurenge wa Nzahaha mu Karere ka Rusizi hibwe ibendera ry’igihugu, none mu gitondo cyo kuwa 26 Ukuboza mu kagali ka Gahinga umurenge wa Mururu naho mu karere ka Rusizi hibwe irindi, ibi bikaba bigikomeje kuba urujijo rukomeye cyane hibazwa uwaba yihishe inyuma y’iki gikorwa.

Bukeye bwa Noheli, ku wa 26 Ukuboza nibwo iryo bendera ry’igihugu ryibwe muri aka kagari katangajwe haruguru, ryibwa mu masaha ya saa kumi z’igitondo dore ko umunyamabanga nshingwabikorwa w’umurenge wa Mururu, Muganga Emmanuel avuga ko byatewe n’uburangare bw’abazamu barinda ikigo cy’amashuli aho ryari rizamuye.

Kugeza magingo aya, uwibye iryo bendera ntabwo yari yamenyekana gusa abazamu 2 bari barinze icyo kigo cy’amashuli n’undi muntu umwe batawe muri yombi mu gihe hakirimo gukorwa iperereza.

Abazamu Bayivuge Felicien na Fatisuka Samuel hamwe n’undi witwa Bamporiki wari umaze iminsi 3 yirukanwe ku kazi k’ubusekiriti ndetse akaba ashinjwa cyane kuba yaba yagize uruhare mu iyibwa ry’iryo bendera, nibo bafunzwe mu gihe hagikorwa iperereza.

Muganga Emmanuel akaba yakomeje asaba abaturage gukomeza gufatanya n’inzego zishinzwe umutekano gushakisha ababa bihishe inyuma y’ibyo bikorwa ndetse anabashishikariza gukaza amarondo.

Mu kwezi gushize ubwo ibendera ryibwaga mu murenge wa Nzahaha, abaturage bagiye batangariza itangazamakuru ko bacyeka ko icyo gikorwa cyaba cyihishwe inyuma n’abanzi b’igihugu abandi bagacyeka ko ari abaturage babikora mu rwego rwo gushaka guhemukira abayobozi bitewe n’amakimbirane baba bafitanye.

Umuyobozi w’akarere ka Rusizi, Nzeyimana Oscar we akaba atanga impanuro ku baturage ko bagomba kubaha ndetse bakanatinya ibirango by’igihugu by’umwihariko akangurira abarara amarondo kubyitaho dore ko iyo bibuze ari bo biba bigomba kubazwa mbere y’abandi bose.

Ibendera rya mbere ryo mu kagari ka Kigenge ryabuze mu mwaka wa 2004, irya kabiri ribura mu mwaka wa 2007, irya 3 muri 2013 na ho irya kane n’ubwo bwose nyuma ryabonetse ryari ryibwe mu ijoro ryo kuwa mbere tariki ya 17 Ugushyingo 2014, kugeza magingo aya mu karere kose ka Rusizi hakaba hamaze kwibwa amabendera y’igihugu arenga 7.

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