IRNA – Pope Francis has used its annual message to the Muslims on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan to criticize the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
‘No one person, nation or people can impose exclusively their understanding of our planet,’ Pope Francis said in recent remarks just a day after Donald Trump, the US president, withdrew the United States from the global climate pact.
Political and religious leaders have been quick to condemn Trump’s announcement from the White House that the accord ‘hamstrings the United States’ because it was ‘less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States’, according to a report by Thetablet.co.uk news website.
Other Vatican leaders also urged Christians and Muslims, believers in one God, to be committed to safeguarding the world God created.
‘Our vocation to be guardians of God’s handiwork is not optional, nor is it tangential to our religious commitment as Christians and Muslims: It is an essential part of it,’ said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
The message – which was dated 19 May but was released at the Vatican today, three weeks before the end of Ramadan on 24 June.
Each year, the council for interreligious dialogue publishes a message to the world’s Muslims in preparation for the celebration of the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting.
The pontifical council chooses a theme annually to promote dialogue by ‘offering insights on current and pressing issues.’
The theme chosen for 2017 was ‘Caring for Our Common Home,’ which echoes Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, ‘Laudato Si’.’
‘As believers, our relationship with God should be increasingly shown in the way we relate to the world around us,’ Cardinal Tauran and Bishop Ayuso wrote.
Pope Francis’ encyclical, they noted, was addressed ‘to the whole of humanity’ and drew attention ‘to the harm our lifestyles and decisions are causing to the environment, to ourselves and to our fellow human beings’.
‘What is needed,’ they said, ‘is education, spiritual openness and a ‘global ecological conversion’ to adequately address this challenge.’
The encyclical’s reference to the earth as a ”common home,’ a dwelling for all the members of the human family,’ they said, means that ‘no one person, nation or people can impose exclusively their understanding of our planet’.