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Pope praises recycling in video for 'cartoneros'

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Pope praises recycling in video for 'cartoneros'


The “cartoneros” of the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires search through rubbish to find goods that can be used or recycled.

Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, has recorded a video in support of those who make use of the waste that others leave behind.

“We cannot afford the luxury of looking down on leftovers. We are living in a throw-away culture where we easily throw out not only things, but people too,” the pope said in the video.

Pope Francis has been a champion of the “cartoneros” since his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Elected to the papacy in March, Francis has become known world-wide for his simple habits and low-key approach to the role.

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