MANILA, June 17, 2015—The Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Ministry on Ecology calls on the Filipino faithful to the join the rest of the Catholic world in welcoming the release of the much-awaited papal encyclical on the environment, “Laudato si” [Praised be], on Thursday, June 18, in an event to be held at the Malate Church from 4 p.m. to. 6 p.m.
In a recent Facebook post, Lou Arsenio, program coordinator of RCAM’s Ministry on Ecology, invites the public to gather at Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church in Malate, Manila and listen together as Pope Francis reads the encyclical for the first time live during an expected press briefing from the Vatican.
“Let us come together to welcome the encyclical Praised be! … Let us listen to Pope Francis read the encyclical—his second after “Lumen Fidei” (Light of Faith)—during a press conference at the Vatican City. Bring family and friends,” she said.
Meanwhile, a Filipino Franciscan based in Libya commented earlier that there is no more perfect title for an “eco encyclical” than the one the Holy Father had chosen, one inspired no less than by his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology.
“I think [our] Holy Father Pope Francis took the inspiration of this encyclical from this poem entitled ‘Canticle of Creatures,’” Fr. Amado Baranaquel, OFM rold CBCP News, noting how this Franciscan poem of praise is one of the “most beautiful legacies” the founder of his congregation left to posterity.
Respect for Creation
According to the missionary from Daraga, Albay, the Saint of Assisi reveals himself in the poem as one who “deeply cares for and respects all of God’s creation” to the extent that he calls the sun his brother, the moon and water his sisters, the Earth his mother, and so on.
“He [St. Francis] praised God for all of it [Laudato sii],” Baranquel added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)