Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:00

Families called to join Earth Hour

The Archdiocese of Manila released a Pastoral Instruction called "Let us not put aside care for Mother Earth" on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak

In his Pastoral Letter, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, pointed out that the faithful should pay attention to the damages the pandemic can do as effect of environmental abuse and destruction of nature.

"This great concern on the coronavirus, however, may cloud our mind from other important matters that should call our constant attention. I speak most specifically of our care for Mother Earth, our common home. The global damage that COVID 19 does should make concrete to us the global destruction that will come upon us if we do not care for our common home," Bishop Pabillo said.

In this light, he encouraged families to participate in the Earth Hour in the Philippines on March 28, 2020, especially this quarantine period where families are in their homes.

"In the Philippines this year we will be turning off the light from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It will be very dramatic and felt by all families because we will all be at home," he said.

Started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.

Bishop Pabillo also urged the faithful to be stewards of creation by participating in the advocacy of Earth Hour.

"We will stay in darkness and in silence for an hour, hopefully to make us appreciate the importance of energy. If we squander it, we will be forced to do without it because energy too is scarce resource. As Christians let us spend this hour in prayer for our Mother Earth and for all those who defend and care for it." he added.

As the country is facing the challenges brought about by the widespread of the COVID-19, the Apostolic Administrator reminded the faithful to be healthy to be able to care for his creation.

"Let us not be myopic. We are not only fighting against COVID 19. We are fighting for a better and healthier life. We cannot achieve this without a cleaner and healthier Mother Earth." Bishop Pabillo said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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