June 18, 2015

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"I once heard something beautiful: The Earth is not an inheritance that we receive from our parents, but a loan that our children give to us, in order that we safeguard it and make it flourish and return it to them. The Earth is generous and holds back nothing from those who safeguard it."

- Pope Francis, from his pontifical message to the Expo of Ideas 2015 on Feb. 7, 2015, as cited on NCR's Pope's Eco Quotes series