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*Recycle or go to Hell, warns Vatican*
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT March 10, 2008
Failing to recycle plastic bags could find you spending eternity in Hell,
Vatican said after drawing up a list of seven deadly sins for our
The seven, which include polluting the environment, were announced by
Gianfranco Girotti, a close ally of the Pope and the head of the
Penitentiary, one of the Roman Curia's main court.
The "sins of yesteryear" - sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, lust,
wrath and pride -
have a "rather individualistic dimension", he told the
Osservatore Romano, the
official Vatican newspaper.
The new seven deadly, or mortal, sins are designed to make worshippers
that their vices have an effect on others as well.
"The sins of today have a social resonance as well as an individual
Mgr Girotti. "In effect, it is more important than ever to pay
attention to your
According to Roman Catholic doctrine, mortal sins are a "grave
God's law" and bring about "eternal death" if unrepented
by the act of
They are far more serious than venial sins, which impede a soul's
the exercise of virtue and moral good.
Mgr Girotti said genetic modification, carrying out experiments on
polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty,
obscenely wealthy and taking drugs were all mortal sins.