Caritas Pakistan and its diocesan units around the country are “greening” as teams credited Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” in awareness sessions.
Father Francis Gulzar Vicar General Lahore Archdiocese and Father Ayub Rehmat conducted May 19 mass at Caritas Pakistan National Secretariat to mark fifth anniversary of Laudato Si Week. More than 20 staff members from secretariat and Caritas Pakistan Lahore attended. Father Francis later held a session on the encyclical.
“We remember the sufferings of marginalized and migrants in the special week. Laudato Si calls for transformation of social values and take action for global solidarity as housing societies replace crops. Violation of creation is a sin,” he said.
“Caritas is backbone of Christianity. God made us to be a part of this universe. Save fuel, avoid over work and give time to your families. It is a call to examine our hearts.”
Mr. Ajmad Gulzar Executive Director Caritas Pakistan emphasized care for Earth. “It is our social moral and religious responsibility,” he emphasized. “Ecological crises included pollution and throw away culture. Save water and contribute positively,” he said.
The program concluded with “Sharing a Meal” event. In Amritnagar village of Punjab province, Caritas Pakistan Multan team joined Fr. Izhaq Gulam Parish Priest of Holy Eucharist Parish Chack no 133/16L Amritnagar to plant trees in continuation of Laudato si week. Fr. Izhaq shared that villagers are being guided to follow the FABC prepared booklet for weeklong activities.