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ВАШИНГТОН – В июле во время посещения Латинской Америки папа Франциск выступил со страстным призывом в защиту амазонских тропических лесов, а также живущих там людей. «Наш общий дом безнаказанно грабят, разоряют и ломают, – сказал он активистам, собравшимся в Боливии на Всемирную встречу народных движений. – Проявление трусости в его защите – тяжкий грех».

Внять призыву Франциска – это вопрос не только морали, но и практических действий. В этом году мировые лидеры встретятся на Конференции ООН по изменению климата в Париже, чтобы выработать ответ на вызовы глобального потепления. Они должны принять политику защиты тропических лесов и людей, для которых этот лес является домом.

Вряд ли Франциска можно назвать первым миссионером, посетившим Амазонию. Францисканские, иезуитские и доминиканские священники проповедовали Евангелие в этом регионе столетиями. Что отличает призыв Франциска, так это обращенность его слов не столько к местному населению, сколько к жителям Северной Америки и Европы, чей спрос на древесину, биотопливо и сельхозпродукты ведет к уничтожению тропических лесов и ставит под угрозу жизнь туземного населения.

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