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John Paul II: the first ‘green pope’

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Last year Newsweek dubbed Pope Benedict XVI “the green pope“. But according to the Westminster priest Fr Richard Nesbitt, Benedict must share that title with his predecessor.

In a 51-page dissertation submitted to the Catholic University of Leuven, or Louvain, Fr Nesbitt argues that John Paul II played a key role in shifting the Catholic Church’s attitude to the ecological crisis.

Hat tip: Love Undefiled

Photo: Pope John Paul II pauses for reflection near a waterfall in the mountains of Italy’s Val d’Aosta region on July 13 2001 (CNS photo from pool)

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

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