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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, the
Vatican said after drawing up a list of seven deadly sins for our times.
The seven, which include polluting the environment, were announced by Monsignor
Gianfranco Girotti, a close ally of the Pope and the head of the Apostolic
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 realise
that their vices have an effect on others as well.
"The sins of today have a social resonance as well as an individual one," said
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 violation of
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 progress in
the exercise of virtue and moral good.
Mgr Girotti said genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans,
polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming
obscenely wealthy and taking drugs were all mortal sins.