Major Faith Leaders Praised for Spreading the `Eco-Gospel'


(RNS) The Dalai Lama, Pope Benedict XVI and the spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians were among 15 “Green Religious Leaders” cited by a Seattle-based environmental group.

[FONT=Arial]Grist, an environmental news and commentary Web site that also highlighted “green” actors, musicians and chefs, among others, said the 15 names on the list and five runners-up are dedicated to “spreading the eco-gospel.” [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Names on the list, released on July 24, include: [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]–Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians, who has been dubbed the “Green Patriarch” for his environmental activism, including a 2003 cruise to discuss overfishing. [/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]–The Dalai Lama, who says it is “our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.”

[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]–Pope Benedict XVI, who has installed solar panels at the Vatican and voiced concerns about effects of global warming on the world’s poor.[/FONT]

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