Since his election succeeding Pope Benedict, Pope Francis has quickly risen to the occasion, becoming endeared amongst his Catholic followers. His latest speech on June 5 for the General Audience, according to Vatican News, may have catapulted him further, as Pope Francis’ wasting food comment is now trending on the Internet.
The full text of Pope Francis’ speech can be seen below, but what has caught the ears and eyes of Catholics and the world were his reactions to wasting food. Speaking on World Environment Day, Pope Francis took the opportunity to address the General Audience on what he described as a “culture of waste” reminding Catholics that it is our responsibility to care for the Earth according to God’s command.
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Today I want to focus on the issue of the environment, which I have already spoken of on several occasions. Today we also mark World Environment Day, sponsored by the United Nations, which sends a strong reminder of the need to eliminate the waste and disposal of food.
It is fitting to reflect on our responsibility to cultivate and care for the earth in accordance with God’s command (Book of Genesis 2:15).
Consumerism and a “culture of waste” have led some of us to tolerate the waste of precious resources, including food, while others are literally wasting away from hunger.
Pope Francis went on to say that the every community can meet the needs of the poor and wasting food not only shows disrespect for the environment but also for the human family, especially those dying from hunger.
Mothers have always reprimanded children to clean their plates and to take only what they need, with comments such as “there are starving children in Africa” or “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” However, mom was right, and maybe with Pope Francis’ reaction to the wasting of food, a global message will be sent worldwide to break this cycle of the “culture of waste.”
Long Island Catholics can help. Simply help stock your parish’s food pantry with non-perishable goods. Each parish feeds members within its community. Contact your local parish or read your Catholic Church bulletin for information on how you can heed Pope Francis’ call to stop wasting food and unite in protecting the environment and feeding the poor.
Source: Vatican News
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