Catholics in Sri Lanka celebrated World Environment Day on Sunday, by promoting the encyclical Laudato si as a way to combine their faith with environmental protection. Kithu Dana Pubuduwa, Sri Lanka's biggest Catholic renewal movement, organized an event at Sri Prasansa Ramaya in Ragama, Colombo Archdiocese June 3-5 to focus on each chapter of Laudato Si. The event consisted of separate exhibition stalls, mini conferences, video programs, organic cultivation techniques, short films and cultural shows.
"We distributed the translation of the encyclical among groups to come up with ideas and it has taken readers through the process of seeing, judging and acting with regard to the ecological and environmental crisis we are facing today," said Delryn Wanigaratne, member of the organizing committee for the event.
In a related development, Catholics in a central Vietnamese province turned out in force on Sunday, for a march to raise public awareness about the need to protect nature and to mark the June 5 World Environment Day. More than 1,000 Catholics from Phu Yen parish in Quynh Luu district of Nghe An province took part in the march. The June 5 World Environment Day, introduced by the United Nations Environment Programme, is observed every June 5 and aims to help the public take positive environmental action to protect nature and planet Earth. (Source: UCAN)