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POPE FRANCIS’S ADVOCATES ANIMAL PROTECTION

The Vatican released Pope Francis’s new encyclical on the environment, and it is truly historic. The encyclical from the Pope is full of references to animals and calls on all of us to embrace a more humane path. The encyclical is named “Praised Be” after St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, in which the Saint praises God for animals and creation. In the encyclical, the Pope reminds us, “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”

The Pope also calls on us all to be better stewards of all creation, noting that “each organism, as a creature of God, is good and admirable in itself.” He condemns the view that humankind has “absolute domination over other creatures” as a misinterpretation of God’s grant of “dominion” over creation.......Click here to read further...............

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