“Magbago ang ugali at pananaw alang-alang sa ating mundo” – Bishop Pabillo on Laudato Si Week

“Anong klaseng mundo ba ang iiwan natin sa kanila?”

This was the challenge that Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo left everyone as he led the observance of Laudato Si Week from May 16 to May 25.

During his Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord at Saint Joseph Parish in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila, Bishop Pabillo warned the public about the implications of how we live as contributors to global warming.

“Sabi ng mga experts, siyam na taon na lang daw at maaabot na natin ng 1.5 degrees kung walang radical change na mangyayari.  Hindi natin maiiwasan ang pag-init ng mundo kung hindi magbago ang ating lifestyle at ang ating buhay na nagko-contribute sa global warming,” he said.

The Apostolic Administrator used the occasion of the Ascension to encourage us to change how we treat and see the world to protect our nature for the next generation.

“Ngayong Laudato Si Week, maging mulat tayo sa nangyayari sa ating kalikasan at magbago nawa ang ating ugali at pananaw alang-alang sa ating mundo. [I]pagdasal natin na bigyan tayong lahat ng pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit para sa magandang mundo na binigay sa atin ng Diyos,” Pabillo said. “Totoong papunta tayo sa langit. Pero habang hinahangad natin na pumaroon, huwag naman natin pabayaan ang mundong ito kung nasaan tayo ngayon. Titirhan pa ito ng ating mga anak at mga apo.”

He once again criticized the government for favoring mining companies who exploit the nation’s natural resources which resulted in human rights violations and red-tagging indigenous peoples, activists, farmers and fisherfolks who are gravely affected by the abuse.

“Ayyyy… Ang gobyerno natin! Mas pinapanigan pa ng mga pulis at mga military ang mga dayuhang mining companies kaysa mga mahihirap natin at ang mga tagapangalaga ng ating kalikasan. Talagang kailangan nila ng pera para sa eleksyon. Ang mga big mining firms ay namumudmod iyan ng pera para makakuha sila ng permits,” he said.

Laudato Si – the second encyclical by Pope Francis on May 24, 2015, and publicly released on June 18 of the same year – tackles on taking care of “our common home” and how to better understand the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in the context of climate emergency that the world is currently facing. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM/Binondo Church)

 

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