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CBCP calls on younger generation to help save the environment

MANILA, Aug. 28 — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is urging young Filipinos to help save the environment.

“We need the millennials. The home that God entrusted to us is dying and it’s obvious with the climate change and irresponsibility we’ve tolerated for too long,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, in a statement.

The Lingayen-Dagupan prelate added, “We need their help because times are changing fast and it is them who are at the forefront of it. They bear the responsibility of understanding and evolving not just with the environment but with the faith as the times do.”

Villegas noted that millennials have the power to communicate effectively and instantly compared to the older generations.

“We hope that by reaching out to them, they can help us reach out to more people. They do that so naturally and so effortlessly already. The same way the Word of God is something we’re naturally drawn to, we hope that they share the same message of caring for our only home,” he said.

The call on the younger generation was spurred by Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, and the recent naming of Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

In the recent green encyclical, the Holy Father expressed the pressing need to care about the earth more than ever.

According to the Pontiff, the ecological crisis is a summons “to a profound spiritual conversion” and to a way of life that clearly shows they are believers.

Pope Francis added that the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

“The Pope has taken a concrete lead for caring for our Mother Earth and we shouldn’t let his visit here earlier this year go to waste. As the governing body of Catholic religion and faith in the country, we are dedicated to following his example. We are, after all, not masters of the earth but stewards of it,” Villegas added. (PNA)

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