The global leader for the Church’s charitable outreach said the challenge now is to turn the document into action, especially the call to “integral ecological conversion.”
“Let us take the bold step of reviewing and changing our lifestyles, our patterns of consumption, of spending,” said Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis.
The cardinal said they are hoping that the interest in Laudato Si’ as a “gift to the whole of humanity” will further spread and deepen.
He also said that they in Caritas witnessed in many parts of the world how caring for the poor is closely tied to caring for the earth.
When the earth suffers, he said that it is the most vulnerable people in the world who suffer the most.
“But we realized too that the earth would only be a beautiful home for all of us if we all take responsibility for it,” Tagle added.
June 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ landmark document on protecting the environment.
In the Philippines, activities were highlighted with the launching of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) Pilipinas.
Caritas Philippines has also come up with a development and ecology agenda for the government prioritizing the pressing needs of the poor and the marginalized as articulated in the encyclical. (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)