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Pro-environment groups pin hopes on new Manila prelate

Manila Archbishop seen to pursue environmental agenda


MANILA – Various non-government organizations into environmental advocacy said Manila Archbishop Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula is expected to call on everyone to join the call for climate action.


It will be recalled Cardinal Advincula admitted during his homily that he is not a good speaker as his predecessor Luis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle but assured the congregation gathered at the Manila Cathedral this morning that he is a good listener.


The groups see in the prelate the leadership because of the Archdiocese of Manila’s proximity to the country’s political power.


Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, national director of Caritas Philippines said his office hopes Cardinal Advincula would become “a discerning voice to guide the Filipinos especially on socio-political issues.


He added the new Archbishop of Manila is a strong figure who can “provide a bolder stance on the ecology advocacies and actions of the Church, especially on divestment from dirty energy sources.


The Kidapawan prelate said the social action arm of the Philippine Catholic Church will support the cardinal’s active promotion of “Justice and Peace through inclusive Dialogue.

Bishop Bagaforo vowed that the social action arm of the Philippine Catholic Church will support the cardinal’s active promotion of “justice and peace through inclusive dialogue.”


Cardinal Advincula said he would become the “listening cardinal” after his motto “Audiam” or “I will listen.”


Rodne Galicha, executive director of Living Laudato Si Pgilippines, said the cardinal has the “capacity to show standards on how our faith should be lived out in the contemporary context especially in the areas that affect our society. (Melo M. Acuña)

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Manila Archbishop Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula seated at the cathedra after being installed by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown. (Photo/Melo M. Acuna)



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