Be ‘eco online missionaries’, youth told

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Around 200 participants joined the 5th Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) held at the Hotel H2O in Manila, Nov. 19, 2016. This year's theme was "Impact: Laudato Si and Social Media." (Photo: Johann Mangussad/CSMS)

MANILA, Nov. 19, 2016— A Catholic priest has encouraged the faithful, especially the youth, to embrace social media to support environmental campaigns.

CBCP Media Office director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio said that the social media is now the “arena of battle” when it comes to many things.

In a country dubbed as the “social capital of the world,” the priest said people can do so much in the internet to protect “our common home.”

“I’m sure all of us are immersed in social media but let’s be immersed with a mission. Let us be missionaries,” Quitorio said at the 5th Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) on Saturday.

Organized by YouthPinoy, this year’s CSMS theme centered on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, and maximizing the use of social media to promote it.

YouthPinoy is an alliance of young “online missionaries” who bear witness to their Catholic faith through the internet.

He urged the participants, mostly composed of young people and parish workers, to produce contents about the ecology and join or create a network of “eco-friends who believe in the same cause.”

“Be a citizen journalist by reporting both environmental heroes and villains,” said Quitorio. “Develop a Laudato Si spirituality that will make the love for our common home a part of your spiritual depth.

A native of Eastern Samar where typhoon Yolanda made first landfall in 2013, he also recalled the communication vacuum that occurred after the onslaught of the storm.

“There was a great need for communication and information. Be prepared to supply that need,” he told the participants.

“Have a voluntary spirit and be ready to become a crucial communicator especially in times of disaster,” Quitorio added. “Stick to your mission. Stick to saving the environment. Stick to Laudato Si.” (CBCPNews)

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