Manila archdiocese assembly studies climate change, Lenten fasting movement

Yeb Sano, YouTube video

Yeb Sano, YouTube video  click photo to view

Manila archdiocese’s Ministry on Ecology has organized an orientation session, March 11, on the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Call to Fast for climate during Lent.

In the invitation to media, Ministry Coordinator Lou Valencia Arsenio expressed alarm over reported risks the Philippines faces due to climate change. Arsenio said results of the recent study of risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft is “alarming because the global temperature is … feared to increase up to 2-4 degrees centigrade before the end of this century.” 

The study found that eight of 10 cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines. Overall fourth are Metro Manila, Tuguegarao in Cagayan province, and Lucena in Quezon province. The study also shows that out of 100 cities with greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and eight in Bangladesh.

Arsenio said these hazards are triggered by climate change and that scientists foresee the situation will worsen over the years if critical gas emission remains uncontrolled. “Very large amounts of methane gas are now being released with the massive melting of the ice caps especially in the Antarctica,” Arsenio said.

While many “well-meaning” and industry independent organizations, individuals, scientists, and members of faith groups have been advocating for decades for drastic and decisive decisions among governments to stop the ongoing rising of global temperature, the conference of parties held in various places discussing a solution to climate change remains very political because “industrialized countries do not like to give up their wasteful and luxurious lifestyle especially with the dictates of aggressive and destructive industries,” Arsenio said. 

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Fr. Edwin Gariguez of CBCP-NASSA, second from right, at the launch of Climate Walk 2014 – NJ Viehland Photos

Meanwhile, there seems to be lack of a solid Catholic voice in this debate, the ministry coordinator said. The March 11 orientation at the Manila chancery (Arzobispado) will be conducted by Columban priest Fr. John Leydon, a long-time missionary to the Philippines, and Commissioner Yeb Sano of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines 

The two resource persons represent the Philippines in the Global Catholic Climate Movement composed mostly of lay Catholics with few religious and priests, Manila’s ecology ministry coordinator said.

Aside from explaining in depth the objectives and bases for the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Call to Fast for the Climate, the resource persons will also update participants on concerns and conditions related to climate change ahead of the next United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change meetings beginning in August.

 

 

CBCP President to Catholic churches, schools: shelter refugees of looming typhoon

Hagupit JTWC image

JTWC image  http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

Typhoon Hagupit with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph on Wednesday afternoon and gustiness up to 184 mph, has been reported approaching the same area in central Philippines battered by Super Typhoon Haiyan Nov. 8 last year.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the U.S. Navy forecasts further strengthening of the storm with sustained winds possibly peaking at 185 mph.

As of Wednesday afternoon it was located about 148 nautical miles north-northeast of Koror in Palau.

As priests and parish workers reported over Church-run radio Veritas 846 that some rain had started in the Philippines eastern coastal communities in Samar and Leyte provinces, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), appealed to government to start evacuation and avoid disaster.

Archbishop Villegas also appealed to Catholic churches and schools to open up to refugees seeking shelter from the storm.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan (right) /NJ Viehland Photos

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan (right) / NJ Viehland Photos

Following is the full text of the CBCP president’s letter on looming typhoon Hagupit.

My brothers and sisters in Christ:

Meteorologists inform us that HAGUPIT is now a super-typhoon and most predict that it will make land-fall over the very same areas hard-hit by Yolanda.  The CNN resident meteorologist has just characterized it as the strongest of super-typhoon this year.

Let us all first pray, and the Filipinos far from the danger-zone are asked nevertheless to join the entire nation for those in harm’s way.

I plead with government officials and NGOs to commence evacuation now.  To wait any longer may be disastrous.  There is no such thing as an excess of caution, especially when faced with a danger so severe.

I appeal to our Catholic churches and schools to open their doors to refugees and those badly in need of shelter, particularly those already displaced by Yolanda.  I request only that evacuees remember the sacred character of the churches they occupy, should they do so.

Together with my brother-bishops, I commend the entire nation to the mercy, love and providence of our Father.

Lord, spare our land from this typhoon!

December 4, 2014

+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

CBCP President

Catholic bishops launch preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka –

Bishops of Sri Lanka met with priests and the apostolic nuncio in Colombo on June 17 to begin preparations for the announced visit of Pope Francis to their country in January, a priest reported on the official website of the Archdiocese of Colombo.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka and nuncio Archbishop Nguyen Van Tot presided at the Central Committee Meeting at the Bishops’ Conference hall, Borella, Colombo, reported Fr.Sunil De Silva. 

Bishops and priests at the meeting reportedly discussed possible sites for papal visits and formed committees that would prepare for Pope Francis’ visit next year. 

Cardinal Ranjith is cited as saying he had received information saying the “tentative dates” of the pope’s visit to Sri Lanka would be on January 13, 14 and 15, 2015. A delegation from the Vatican is reportedly expected to arrive to discuss the papal visit.

See the meeting in pictures via the Archdiocese of Colombo

Pope Francis also told a news conference during his flight from the Holy Land to Rome in May he would visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January.

Philippines Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato also told Manila reporters last week after a press conference on the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress that a representative from the Vatican would be arriving around the time of this July’s plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to discuss arrangements for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines after his trip to Sri Lanka.

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato answers reporters at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress press con in Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros on June 10, 2014 - NJ Viehland Photos

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato answers reporters at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress press con in Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros on June 10, 2014 – NJ Viehland Photos

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Day of Lament and Hope in pictures

Consecrated women in this white and blue sari filled many pews in San Fernando de Dilao church in Paco on Saturday, Nov. 16 where Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle led the special liturgy for the Day of Lament and Hope to reflect on recent calamities in the country and pray for victims and survivors.

Members of Missionaries of Charity, which is among those whose houses of charity were ruined by Typhoon Haiyan in Palo archdiocese, Leyte filled many pews on the Day of Lament and Hope service led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in San Fernando de Dilao Church, Paco, Manila Nov. 16. NJ Viehland Photo

Members of Missionaries of Charity, which is among those whose houses of charity were ruined by Typhoon Haiyan in Palo archdiocese, Leyte filled many pews on the Day of Lament and Hope service led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in San Fernando de Dilao Church, Paco, Manila Nov. 16. NJ Viehland Photo

The service began with the procession of the crucified Christ and installation of the crucifix at the altar of the candle-lit church packed with people, some of whom had to stand outside. Reflections, readings and songs referred to this experience of Jesus and the meaning and impact of his suffering on the salvation of the world.

Manila archdiocese's Day of Lament and Hope for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Nov. 16 began in San Fernando de Dilao Church, Paco, with the procession of the crucified Christ. NJ Viehland Photo

Manila archdiocese’s Day of Lament and Hope for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on Nov. 16 began in San Fernando de Dilao Church, Paco, with the procession of the crucified Christ. NJ Viehland Photo

Tagle on reaching the altar went down on his knees with his knees then lay face-down on the floor with his servers for some minutes of quiet and stillness in the church.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (center in white) lay prostrate before the altar after the procession of the cross during the 'Day of Lament and Hope' closing service at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila Nov. 16, 2013 for people who were killed, those who survived successive calamities in the country this year.- NJ Viehland Photos

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (center in white) lay prostrate before the altar after the procession of the cross during the ‘Day of Lament and Hope’ closing service at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila Nov. 16, 2013 for people who were killed, those who survived successive calamities in the country this year.- NJ Viehland Photos

Youth sitting in front of the altar in the candle-lit San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco where Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila led the archdiocese's Day of Lament and Hope prayer service for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines. By NJ Viehland

Youth sitting in front of the altar in the candle-lit San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco where Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila led the archdiocese’s Day of Lament and Hope prayer service for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines. By NJ Viehland

Maryknoll Missioner Fr James Ferry, long-time vicar of religious in Manila archdiocese [extreme right] and Fr Erwin Balagapo of Palo archdiocese, Leyte joined the service capping the Nov 16 Day of Lament and Hope, a day of prayer and fasting set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in Manila for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the country, and for all Filipino people. By NJ Viehland

Maryknoll Missioner Fr James Ferry, long-time vicar of religious in Manila archdiocese [extreme right] and Fr Erwin Balagapo of Palo archdiocese, Leyte joined the service capping the Nov 16 Day of Lament and Hope, a day of prayer and fasting set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in Manila for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the country, and for all Filipino people. By NJ Viehland

Fr Erwin Balagapo returned from Rome where he was studying and went straight to Tacloban City on a military plane after arriving in Manila to scan the situation in the archdiocese and help with spiritual needs of people. At the prayer service, he shared his reflections on his experience of that visit to his devastated archdiocese. 

Father Erwin Balagapo of Palo archdiocese, Leyte after returning from the ravaged province shared his reflections at the liturgy for Manila archdiocese's Day of Lament and Hope set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Nov. 16 at San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco for fasting and prayer for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines. By NJ Viehland

Father Erwin Balagapo of Palo archdiocese, Leyte after returning from the ravaged province shared his reflections at the liturgy for Manila archdiocese’s Day of Lament and Hope set by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Nov. 16 at San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco for fasting and prayer for victims and survivors of recent calamities in the Philippines. By NJ Viehland

Psalms and Santo Nino highlighted the prayer service for the Day of Lament and Hope led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila Nov. 16 in San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco. By NJ Viehland

Psalms and Santo Nino highlighted the prayer service for the Day of Lament and Hope led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila Nov. 16 in San Fernando de Dilao church, Paco. By NJ Viehland

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Cardinal Tagle closes Day of Lament and Hope

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (center in white) lay prostrate before the altar after the procession of the cross during the 'Day of Lament and Hope' closing service at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila Nov. 16, 2013 for people who were killed, those who survived successive calamities in the country this year.- NJ Viehland Photos

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (center in white) lay prostrate before the altar after the procession of the cross during the ‘Day of Lament and Hope’ closing service at San Fernando de Dilao Church in Paco, Manila Nov. 16, 2013 for people who were killed, those who survived successive calamities in the country this year.- NJ Viehland Photos

A Day of Lament and Hope on Nov. 16 in the Archdiocese of Manila

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called for a “Day of LAMENT and HOPE: Solidarity in Prayer” (Panaghoy at Pag-asa: Damayan sa Panalangin) in the Archdiocese of Manila to express communion and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering, grieving and confused because of the successive calamities that afflicted the country.

In a letter to priests, religious and lay faithful, Cardinal Tagle invites all to spend the whole day in penance, recollection, and fasting.

 He will lead in a Prayer Service and Holy Hour to cap the Day at 8 p.m. at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish church, Paco, Manila, the temporary official church of the Archdiocese of Manila.

With Jesus, the Blessed Mother, the Martyrs, and Saints, the victims, the dead and creation, let us “groan inwardly while we await redemption… for in hope we are saved” (Romans 8:23).  “The Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Lament and Hope: Solidarity in Prayer,” the Cardinal concluded his letter. #

Release from Archdiocese of Manila Office of Social Communication

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