Bohol diocese plants 60k trees in single day

Bohol diocese plants 60k trees in single day

Priests lead a tree planting activity to celebrate the “Season of Creation” in the Diocese of Tagbilaran on September 6. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF TAGBILARAN

By CBCP News

September 7, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Thousands of people planted 60,000 tree saplings in Bohol province on Sunday in a local Church campaign to improve the environment.

Bishop Alberto Uy of Tagbilaran said priests, nuns and volunteers planted fruit-bearing and hardwood trees in parishes across the diocese.

He particularly noted the participation of young people in the activity that was held to mark this year’s Season of Creation.

“This is what we prayed for — that people, especially the young, will learn to love creation and to care for the environment,” Bishop Uy said.

At least 100 volunteers in every parish joined the initiative and planted 10 trees each in their surroundings, backyards, and other designated areas.

Not only that trees bring aesthetics and many practical benefits, the prelate stressed that every Christian is called to care about God’s creation.

“May all of us develop love for nature and start caring for the environment,” he said.

More than 70 church and civil society organizations on Sept. 1 opened the Philippine celebration of the Season of Creation, which urges people to “respond to the calls to care for the earth, our common home”.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, acting president of the Catholic bishops’ conference, asked dioceses and parishes to “take the lead in integrating” the campaign in all church ministries.

He stressed it is “never too late” to act and to “put ourselves in the proper place”.

The season ends October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

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