Cardinal Tagle calls for care for nature, appeals for solidarity amid flooding

By N.J. Viehland

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila reminded listeners of Church-run radio Veritas 846 to care for nature always to avoid devastation during typhoons and other natural conditions.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila closes the press conference on the October 2013 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization with a prayer.  N.J. Viehland Photo

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila closes the press conference on the October 2013 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization with a prayer. N.J. Viehland Photo

The cardinal spoke two days after the start of torrential rainfall that flooded streets and houses in cities and provinces, including places in his home province of Cavite, just south of Manila. Typhoon Maring (international name Trami) swept northern regions of the Philippines, including Metro Manila, on Aug. 18. By today, the government weather authority reported Trami was outside of the Philippines, but the southwest monsoon was stirring up the rains.

Speaking in Filipino, Cardinal Tagle said:

When nature moves we feel how we are all members…all connected. That’s why our call, not only when these things happen, let’s take to heart and take seriously, as disciples of Christ, our vocation as stewards and caretakers of nature so that the bad impact of these rampages will be lessened and avoided if we serve as good stewards of nature.

With what is happening now, I’m calling on all first, keep in mind your safety, the safety of your families and your neighbors. Let’s show solidarity, let’s help each other in small and big ways.

Even if we cannot always control the movement of nature, we have a role as stewards and caretakers of nature so that in the right way we manage nature the effects of natural conditions will not be heavy and serious.

That’s why natural and ecological events are devastating at times is because of our poor management and abusive practices.

Not only during this calamity, but everyday, let’s take good care of nature and live like good stewards because it is us who will suffer.

Secondly, let’s take care of our families, our children, the sick and elderly, let’s help one another. Hopefully, nature’s battering will surface deep solidarity so that  the pain of homelessness, loss of things… generate overflowing love and understanding and cooperation among fellow humans and brothers and sisters.

What things do people fleeing their flooded community bring with them? Drinking water, cooking equipment, bicycles and game cocks. N.J. Viehland Photos

What things do people fleeing their flooded community bring with them? Drinking water, cooking equipment, bicycles and game cocks. N.J. Viehland Photos

Marikina River east of Manila overflowed its banks by afternoon of Aug. 20, 2013 when the local government raised the alarm to level 4 and implemented forced evacuation of endangered communities. N.J. Viehland Photos

Marikina River east of Manila overflowed its banks by afternoon of Aug. 20, 2013 when the local government raised the alarm to level 4 and implemented forced evacuation of endangered communities. N.J. Viehland Photos

Water spilled out gradually from Marikina River as La Mesa Dam let out water on Aug. 20 afternoon after 3 days of rain accompanying Typhoon Trami (Maring) and southwest monsoon. N.J. Viehland Photos

Water spilled out gradually from Marikina River as La Mesa Dam let out water on Aug. 20 afternoon after 3 days of rain accompanying Typhoon Trami (Maring) and southwest monsoon. N.J. Viehland Photos

The cardinal went on to appeal for donations to Caritas Manila to help typhoon victims around the country through dioceses, and led listeners in prayer of faith and trust in God. He also prayed for solidarity and for safety of all, especially victims.

“May our outpouring of solidarity and aid be as strong as this downpour of rain,” Cardinal Tagle said.

As of 5 p.m. Aug. 21, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 60 people were killed in typhoon-related incidents, 15 of them in the Metro Manila region. Up to 163,868 persons were staying in 501 evacuation centers while 179,200 people opted to stay with relatives and friends.

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