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The first hints that low-mpg cars were sinful in the eyes of the Catholic Church came last fall, when a spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that the Pope would use an April 2008 address to the UN as a way to speak to the moral implications of living a greener life. Today, the Vatican has gone a bit further and told its followers that polluting the earth should be considered a "new" sin.

The details, of course, are still unknown. But that Pope Benedict XVI will turn his first address to the United Nations next April into a chance to espouse on the moral side of living a greener life has been confirmed by Vatican spokesmen.