Pope's Message for Day of Reflection on the Mining Industry

Representing the Holy Father, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone delivered a powerful message to representatives of some of the world’s biggest multinational mining companies who were convened for a day of reflection by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He urged them “to reflect on the importance of their human and environmental responsibilities.” He adds that “the extraction industries are seen, not always without reason, as unjustly exploiting resources and local populations, resorting even to slavery and the forced removal of entire populations… Mining, like many other industrial activities, has ecological and social consequences which go well beyond national borders and pass from one generation to the next.”

For these multinational corporations, Cardinal Bertone points out that “decisions today cannot be taken solely from geological perspectives or the possible economic benefits for investors and for the states in which the companies are based. Other considerations include workers economic and social rights as well as standards for the protection of the environment…”

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These are all important considerations. Yes, it may cost us a little more in the long run, but I think it’s very much worth respecting the dignity of Creation.

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