· Message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Hindus for the Feast of Deepavali ·
“May we Hindus and Christians, together with people of all religious traditions and good will, always foster a culture which promotes human ecology”: this was the theme of the message sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Hindus for the Feast of Deepavali, which is celebrated on 11 November. “His Holiness Pope Francis”, the message states, “in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, has recently addressed the environmental and human ecological crisis threatening our planet. Thus we deem it opportune to share, in keeping with our cherished tradition, some thoughts on the need to promote human ecology, and to foster a rediscovery of the interconnectedness of creation. Human ecology points to the relationship and responsibility which humans have towards the earth and to the cultivation of "ecological virtues". These virtues include a sustainable use of the earth's resources through the adoption of policies, at national and international levels, which respect the interconnectedness and interdependence of human beings and nature. These issues, as we know, have a direct bearing not only on the current health of our earth - the home of the human family- but also for generations to come”.
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