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Pope at audience: Counter a culture of waste with solidarity

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Pope at audience: Counter a culture of waste with solidarity

(Vatican Radio) When stock markets drop ten points its ‘a tragedy’ but starving children, homeless people dying on our streets, people disposed of like trash – such as the unborn or the elderly – has become the norm.

This is the result of a culture of waste, of our being unable to ‘read the signs’ of God’s creation, His free gift to us, and of allowing money and not man rule society. A culture of solidarity should prevail over our culture of waste, because when we care for and cultivate creation – including the human person – when we share our resources, we all have enough.

This Wednesday Pope Francis dedicated his general audience with thousands of pilgrims and visitors to St Peter’s square to the UN World Environment Day. Emer McCarthy reports: Read more

World environment day: Tackling climate change

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World environment day: Tackling climate change

(Vatican Radio) June 5th is World Environment Day which is being marked Wednesday all around the globe. The theme for this year is Think.Eat.Save. According to the UN 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year.

At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Read more

Vatican: Dhaka factory collapse underscores need for global corporate social responsibility

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Vatican: Dhaka factory collapse underscores need for global corporate social responsibility

(Vatican Radio) With the images of the Dhaka factory collapse in Bangladesh still before the eyes of the world, the Holy See has reminded United Nations members that “still in our own day the number of human lives that are lost or severely crushed as a result of unsafe working conditions remains too great”.

Below please find the statement by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council

“Transnational Corporations and Human Rights”

Geneva, May 31, 2013
Mr. President,

The urgency of the call to increased Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility was elevated to a new pitch for all stakeholders when the news about the collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 24th spread rapidly around the world. The loss of more than 1,100 young lives coupled with the untold pain of their relatives, and the suffering and crushed dreams of hundreds more is a reminder of corrective actions that need to be undertaken by all corporations that participate in a global supply chain process that relies continually on the contribution of workers. The images of that disaster are also a reminder of the interdependence that globalization has brought about in transnational economic activity. Read more