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Setting a green example

MANILA (UCAN): According to Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, in Bataan province, north of the Philippine capital, Manila, the diocese is going green to be more “earth-friendly.”
 
He said that said part of the efforts to care for the environment includes stopping the use of plastic flowers and plastic tarpaulins to decorate churches.
 
“In our cathedral we go green,” the bishop said, adding that parishes are encouraged to use real plants and flowers as decor.
 
The grounds of the cathedral have also been declared a “no parking zone. This is to encourage parishioners to walk and feel free to move around the cathedral,” Bishop Santos said. 
 
He also reminded parishioners to keep the building and its surroundings clean.
 
Aside from putting into practice the teachings of Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato si’, Bishop Santos said the decision to go green is also a show of support for a city ordinance against the use of plastic. Even during parish council meetings and church celebrations people are urged to use banana leaves as plates.

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