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Speaking at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law in Rome, Pope Francis noted plans to update the Catechism of the Catholic Church to include environmental damages that risk “the common home” of humanity.

“We have to introduce – we are thinking about it – to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ‘ecological sin’ against our common home, because a duty is at stake,” Pope Francis said, as reported by LifeSiteNews.

He also called on the global community to recognise the current ecological crisis, or ecocide as a “fifth category of crime against peace”, further urging that corporates and other guilty should not go unpunished for causing harm to the planet.

The term ‘ecocide’, said the Pope, covers “the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, the large-scale destruction of flora and fauna and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem.”

Pope Francis also warned against the dangers of certain people “actions typical of Nazism” and persecuting “Jews, gypsies and people of homosexual orientation”.

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