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Environmental group urges Filipino faithful to sign Laudato Si pledge

A group advocating environment protection urged Filipinos to support Pope Francis' calls to protect Mother Earth by signing the "Laudato Si Pledge".

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) Convener Fr. John Leydon noted that it is important for the people to follow the Holy Father's 2015 encyclical dubbed as "Laudato Si".

"We are asking Filipinos to give their commitments to make it part of their daily lives to follow the teachings of Pope Francis as detailed in his encyclical, Laudato Si," he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas.

The Laudato Si Pledge will be launched at the La Consolacion College Manila on on Saturday.

The program will start with a mass to be presided by Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, to be followed by the discussion on the 'Laudato Si' encyclical.

Also expected to attend is Global Catholic Climate Movement Founder and Executive Director Tomas Insua.

Leydon added that those who will sign the pledge will automatically make them advocates of protecting the environment.

The Laudato Si, which was published on June 18, 2015, is the second encyclical of Pope Francis.

It contains the Pontiff's appeal for every person living on the planet to help address the environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path in caring for the planet.

Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA