Pope dons green vestments for Loreto eco-fest

Pope Benedict has said "courageous choices" are required to restore "a strong alliance between man and earth before it is too late".

He was addressing an audience of 300,000 at a youth festival at Loreto in Italy.

In his homily, he called for "a strong commitment to reverse tendencies that risk irreversible situations of degradation."

The two-day rally was the first environmentally-friendly youth rally. Past gatherings have left tonnes of garbage behind. This year, prayer books and backpacks were made of recycled materials.

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican itself has become progressively "green". Innovations include mounting cells on buildings to produce electricity.

Save the planet, Pope urges (The Age, 2/9/07)
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Pope attends environmentally friendly youth festival in run-up to Sydney World Youth Day PR Inside, 1/9/07)

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3 Sep 2007