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Miao diocese studies ways to implement Laudato Si

To begin, a workshop was held at the diocesan centre in Miao, attracting some two-dozen priests and religious.


Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh has launched study-seminars seeking ways to put into practice Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.

Miao sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its residents are tribal artisans whose livelihood is solely dependent on the local natural resources and the forest’s produce.

The diocese has already been promoting eco-initiatives focused on raising awareness and protecting forests. One part of the effort encourages gifting plant saplings instead of flower bouquets during celebrations. Other efforts emphasize preserving cultural heritage and customs, or fighting the exploitation of the forest that sometimes comes with development.

A total of five study days in July were selected to examine the concrete application of the Pope’s encyclical in the specific circumstance of the diocese, Fr. Felix Anthony, the Miao diocese's head of communications, told CNA July 22.

To begin, a workshop was held at the diocesan centre in Miao, attracting some two-dozen priests and religious.

Addressing participants at the initial workshop, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao emphasized, “The world is our Common Home and we must all work for its care and protection.”

The bishop warned against a general insensitiveness to environmental issues throughout the region.

“God has created the world and gave it to us to till it and keep it, and not to use it for selfish motives, driven by profit and greed,” he said.

Care for the environment “does not just mean planting trees... caring for our common home means protection of the Earth and all it contains, especially the needy and the poor,” Bishop Pallipparambil continued.

He challenged the participants to be open to the teachings of Pope Francis in order to help the faithful in the parishes understand the teachings of the Church.

Other seminars were planned for various parts of the diocese, including Kumari, Tezu, Roing, and the remote township Khonsa in the Tirap District of east Arunachal Pradesh.

Fr. Anthony said that the sessions have opened up thought-provoking insights on environmental issues and discussions on concrete solutions.

Source: CNA/EWTN News

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