The 'green' pope: Benedict's calls for creation care earns notice

WASHINGTON -- Care for creation has been a hallmark of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy. From his 2009 encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" ("Charity in Truth") to his leadership in guiding the Vatican to reduce its carbon footprint, Pope Benedict continues an 800-year Catholic tradition of holding up the environment as a gift from God that must be protected and sustained. His writings on the environment are so extensive that some Catholics call him the "green" pope.

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