로마 교황 베네딕토 16세는 17일  천주교 젊은층 신자들에게 지구 환경을 보전하고 공허한 물질주의와 대중 문화를 거부할 것을 촉구했습니다.

호주 시드니를 방문 중인 교황은 이 날 세계 청년의 날을 맞아 시드니 항 인근에서 10만 명 이상이 참석한 가운데 열린 행사에서 이같이 밝혔습니다.

교황은 인류는 해양 등의 천연 자원을  채워지지 않는 소비욕으로 낭비해왔다고 말했습니다. 

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Pope Benedict is urging young Catholics gathered in Sydney, Australia to preserve Earth's fragile environment, and reject empty materialism and popular culture.

The pontiff made the remarks today (Thursday) before more than 100-thousand pilgrims at a World Youth Day event near the famed Sydney Harbor.

Benedict told the crowd that mankind had squandered the planet's oceans and other natural resources to "fuel an insatiable consumption."

He also denounced the constant portrayal of alcohol and drug abuse, violence and sexual degradation in modern entertainment, especially on television and the Internet.

Benedict's speech came after a slow boat tour of the harbor, which began with a traditional Aboriginal ceremony.

At an official welcoming ceremony earlier today, Benedict applauded Australia's official apology to the country's indigenous peoples.