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Pope Benedict XVI Takes Vatican Green With Solar Energy

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Is the Pope a celebrity? You better believe it, baby! We’re all about highlighting the green actions of those in the spotlight and religious leaders are no exception. Anyone who records a song with Bono AND Nelson Mandela is working hard to do some good in the spotlight.

News hitting the fiber says that Pope Benedict is eager to back up his environmental convictions and continue the work of the late John Paul II. As such, the roof of the Paul VI auditorium will be redone next year, with its cement panels replaced with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. From the article,

“The cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, heat or cool the building, Cuscianna said. ‘Since the auditorium isn’t used every day, the (excess) energy will feed into the network providing (the Vatican) with power, so other Vatican offices can use the energy,’ he said. Cuscianna recalled a speech in which Benedict lamented “the unbalanced use of energy” in the world. Last summer, Benedict called on Christians to unite to take ‘care of creation without squandering its resources and sharing them in a convivial manner.’ He said lifestyle choices were damaging the environment and making ‘the lives of poor people on Earth especially unbearable.'”

Oh, snap! Is here anything more Holy than grabbing free energy from the heavens above? Hit the jump for more.

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