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Manila to mark Laudato Si’s one-year anniv

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MANILA, June 3, 2016— The Catholic Church in Manila will mark the one-year anniversary of the issuance of Laudato Si’ by launching of the Jubilee of Creation on Saturday, June 4.

The event, which will be held at the Paco Catholic School, opens in advance Laudato Si Week from June 12 to 19, and sets in motion the activities for the run up to the Season of Creation beginning September 1.

Jesuit Fr. Michael Agliardo, a sociologist of the Loyola University in Chicago, USA, will conduct the workshop on “Laudato Si and Its Sociological Aspects.”

Other seminars and workshops which will start at 12:30 p.m. include:

  • Laudato Si & Energy Audit / Efficiency workshop by DOE & Volunteers
  • Laudato Si & Water Resource Management & Flood  Water Filtration Demonstration by Engr. Ernesto Lagunob
  • Laudato Si & Plastic Waste Caravan w/ PPCP/EMRTI  (participants may bring all clean and dry plastic bags, styro, tetra packs, junk food, soap wrappers/containers & used cooking oil in plastic bottle containers)
  • Laudato Si &  Urban Gardening w/ free seedling/garden soil
  • Laudato Si Youth/children Eco Film Festival w/ Youth Climate Leaders

Educational kits on the encyclical and seedlings for planting will be available during the launch.

The launching comes after almost one year since Pope Francis released the first encyclical on Ecology that brought attention to the alarming destructive impacts of climate change.

“Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home” encyclical will mark its first anniversary on June 18.

The event also anticipates World Environment Day on June 5, with this year’s theme, “Go Wild for Life!”

“A very timely piece of exhortation from the Holy Father, the encyclical is addressed to all residents of this Planet,” the archdiocese said.

The Jubilee of Creation in the Jubilee of Mercy activities will focus attention on the following: Stop the Throw Away Mentality “ Huwag Magkalat..”; Energy Efficiency program and Break Free from COAL and all forms of dirty technologies; Urban farming/gardening and the campaign against the reclamation of Manila bay and Laguna Lake.

There will also be exhibit and booths in the various areas of the school during the day and sharing of meals during lunch.

The Archdiocese of Manila created a Ministry on Ecology ten years ago as a response to the issue of ecology and the environment and the ways to address the challenges and problems arising from it. (CBCPNews)


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