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Cardinal Tauran: Pope proposes a new civilization in ecological encyclical

March 03, 2016

Laudato Si’ is “not an encyclical on climate change,” but a social encyclical that proposes “nothing less than a new civilization,” according to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The prelate made his remarks at the publication of a commentary on the encyclical by two Spanish priests, one of them a Vatican diplomat.

Pope Francis “invites us to rethink our world and to act,” said Cardinal Tauran. “Francis proposes the ‘good life’ to the materialistic society that thirsts for ‘living well.’”

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