‘True Sto. Niño devotee cares for the environment’ — Cebu archbishop

‘True Sto. Niño devotee cares   for the environment’ — Cebu archbishop
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Authorities say an estimated three million people filled the streets of Cebu City during the Feast of Santo Niño on Jan. 19. SAMMY NAVAJA

By CBCP News

January 21, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A true Christian devotee cares about the well being of everyone, including the environment, a church leader said.

Celebrating Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño in Cebu City on Sunday, Archbishop Jose Palma stressed that protecting “our common home” is a Christian duty.

“A true devotee of our Señor Santo Niño loves and cares for the environment,” Palma said in his homily at the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu.

According to him, protecting the environment must recognize the interests of both current and future generations.

“The blessings that we have received are not for us but for our children’s children,” the archbishop said.

“Taking all the fish and cutting down trees is stealing from the future generations,” he added.

The church official made the appeal as he called the faithful to be charitable at all times and not just during calamities.

“We should also be charitable to our environment,” Palma said.

This year’s theme of the 455th celebration of the Fiesta Señor was “Santo Niño: Cause of our Unity and Charity”.