This writer did a double-take on news that:- "Pope Benedict XVI (pictured) is taking a new step in the Vatican's environmental campaign, leading a youth festival this weekend where participants will use recycled prayer books, biodegradable plates and backpacks made from reused nylon. About 300,000 young Roman Catholics are expected to attend the festival in Loreto, home of Italy's most famous Marian shrine, in a run-up to next year's World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia."
"The festival coincides with the church's "Save Creation Day" and has a decidedly eco-friendly theme. Each participant will be given a knapsack made of recycled nylon containing a hand-cranked battery charger, three sets of biodegradable plates and three bags for recycling trash. Prayer books for Benedict's Sunday Mass are made of recycled paper, hydrogen cars will be on display and trees will be planted in areas of southern Italy recently devastated by forest fires to make up for the carbon-dioxide emissions generated by the festival, organizers said.""
"...The head of the Italian bishops' conference, Monsignor Angelo Bagnasco, told Vatican Radio that it was the responsibility of the church to teach its young about caring for the planet."
Via:: WTOP and Associated Press, and MSNBC. Image credits:: MSNBC and Wikipedia, "The Green Pope" - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
Speaking of those in vestments...what fabrics are used? Anyone know?
The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, who has been characterized as "the green Pope".