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Environment encyclical available in Tagalog

MANILA (Agencies) : The encyclical on the environment, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si), is now available in Tagalog, CBCP News reported on September 29.

Since its release on May 24 this year, the encyclical by Pope Francis has been translated into eight languages. 

The Tagalog version was translated from the Spanish by Leo Ocampo and published by Claretian Communications.

It was released at the recent Manila International Book Fair.

Ocampo is a member of the theology faculty of the University of Santo Tomas Institute of Religion. He completed his masters in Theological Studies at the Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University and is currently teaching courses in Christian Ethics.

The bishops of The Philippines have called on all Filipinos, Christians and non-Christians alike, to study and reflect on the various points of the encyclical.

Luis Cardinal Tagle said while the document does not presume to settle scientific questions, “It offers a pastoral analysis and appeal nurtured by the bible, Catholic social teaching and the pronouncements of popes, as well as a reading of the current ecological conditions we are facing.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines has also committed itself to educate people on environmental issues, such as climate change.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the bishops’ conference, pointed out that the encyclical teaches us that the core of the matter of climate change is justice.

The Association of Major Religious Superiors of The Philippines has also vowed to promote a cause for climate justice and to give formation on the encyclical.