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Published on November 30th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Hindus Praise Vatican for Embracing Solar

gonesh hindu god of luckHindus have praised the Vatican and Pope Benedict for finishing the installation of its 2400-panel solar photovoltaic array, a move that will cut its carbon monoxide emissions by about 225 tons and save the equivalent of 80 tons of oil each year.

[social_buttons]Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, applauded His Holiness Pope Benedictus XVI Joseph A. Ratzinger in a statement, for this “environment friendly move and frequent calls to save the planet and curb environmental degradation.”


Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, urged all world religious leaders, religions and denominations to openly bless the environmental causes. Ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature, he added.

“We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively,” Rajan Zed said, quoting scriptures.

Zed may soon have even more reasons to heap praise on Pope Benedict, as Vatican officials are reportedly considering building a 740 acre solar array on land it owns north of Rome and selling excess electricity back to the Italian grid.

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.



  • Tom Hall

    I`m sure the Pope will be over the moon when he`s told.

  • Ravi Soparkar

    Great submission Rajan,

    We Hindu strongly believe and worship 'SUN' as our god and creator of the world. The Sun is source of all the energies on the planet earth. If we will use the eneergy emerging from the SUN in right perspective, we will have abundant energy for everyone on the earth.

    Ravi Soparkar

    Pune, India

  • http://www.totalsolarenergy.co.uk/advantages-of-solar-power.html Total Solar Energy

    I read that German Giants Solar World gave the Vatican the solar panels. Great bit of PR by them

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