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Message of His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to welcome the encyclical Laudato Si

The Archdiocese of Manila welcomes with joy the encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Laudato Si, mi Signore (Praise be to you, my Lord) on the care of our common home, the earth. Addressed to all people of good will, the encyclical does not pretend to resolve scientific questions related to the environment and climate change. Rather it offers a pastoral analysis and appeal nurtured by the Bible, the Catholic Social Teachings, the pronouncements of Popes and a reading of the current ecological conditions we are facing.

With Pope Francis I invite the faithful, the religious and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila to study, enrich, discuss and meditate on the various points of the encyclical. We call on non-Christians, families, educators, politicians, business people, experts in science and digital technology, media, consumer groups, non-government and peoples´ organizations to study the encyclical and its proposals. 

Pope Francis raised many items. I propose that we pay close attention to the following aspects of the Pope´s letter: 1) a restoration of a contemplative view of creation, 2) the importance of the belief in the Creator, 3) the rediscovery of the role of human beings as stewards and not as pseudo-owners of the earth, 4) the plan of God that the goods of the earth be shared by all, 5) the vital connection between the environment and human life and 6) a courageous review of political and economic policies, business practices, mindsets and lifestyles towards the changes needed to care for our common home, to uplift the poor and to give glory and praise to the Creator.

+ Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila