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Philippine ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’‎

Human habitation amidst polluted environment in Manila, in the Philippines.  - AFP

Human habitation amidst polluted environment in Manila, in the Philippines. - AFP

31/08/2015 14:36

Catholic churches around the Philippines plan to observe the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of ‎Creation’ on Tuesday, Sept. 1, heeding to the call of Pope Francis issued at his general audience last ‎Wednesday. In Manila, the occasion will coincide with the opening of the archdiocese’s celebration of ‎the “Season of Creation”.  Manila archbishop, Card Luis Antonio Tagle will lead an afternoon Mass in ‎the cathedral.  While calling on all to participate fully in the celebration, the prelate also appealed to the ‎faithful to be active in preserving and caring for nature and creation.  ‎

The Season of Creation, which the Archdiocese of Manila started in 2013, is a month-long event ‎marked by a series of programmes designed to promote environmental initiatives in various parishes and ‎schools.  This year will include ecology exhibits, children’s fora on Laudato si’, ecology quiz bees in ‎schools, and storytelling on the care of creation.‎

Card Tagle has also called for support for a global campaign that aims to gather one million signatures ‎to be presented to world leaders gathering in Paris in late November.  The Global Catholic Climate ‎Movement, which launched the campaign in the Philippines in July, represents more than a hundred ‎Catholic organizations working for climate justice across the world.‎

In February 2014, parishes in the capital launched an awareness campaign to collect and dispose of ‎electronic waste.  In Luzon, Catholic leaders and NGOs have led the fight to clean up grounds ‎contaminated by mining activities. Last March, Filipino bishops welcomed the decision to relocate a ‎large oil facility from the heart of Manila.   ‎(Source: CBCP)

31/08/2015 14:36