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Indonesian Catholic Student Union to hold ecological summit

Indonesian Catholic youth plant trees as part of caring for the environment (File photo)

The Indonesian Catholic Student Union (PMKRI) will organize a Catholic Millennial Summit (CMS).  

The CMS event has the theme of Integral Ecology Global Climate Action, which will take place on May 12-15 in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi Province.

This activity will be attended by all PMKRI representatives in Indonesia.
The said program is scheduled to invite Archbishop Piero Pioppo, the Vatican's ambassador to Indonesia.
Archbishop Pioppo during the audience expressed his prayers, support, and appreciation for the activity.  
"I am so glad to meet a kind of spirit youth like you, and I fully support PMKRI to realize the 'Laudato Si' (Praise Be to You) in concrete action,” he said.
'Laudato Si' is the second encyclical of Pope Francis published in 2015. 
Archbishop Pioppo also stated that the Church is looking forward to the involvement of young people in saving and caring for the environment.

The Indonesian Catholic Student Union (PMKRI) representatives hold an audience with the Vatican ambassador to Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo in Jakarta (Photo supplied)

Paul Gemma Galgani, the executive committee head of the Catholic Public Relations (PHMK) PMKRI Central Management for 2020-2022, explained the purpose of holding the Integral Ecology Global Climate Action movement.
"The goal of this activity is to cultivate awareness among young people universally and in particular in the PMKRI community throughout Indonesia. They are to jointly protect, care, and save the environment and to continue the dialogue and take concrete actions like Pope Francis himself calling for Laudato Si," he explained.
Another purpose is to strengthen young people’s commitment to integrating the mission of the Church both universally and locally. This activity is expected not only to foster a sense of fraternity among human beings but also to grow ecological awareness.
The program is designed to have a shared spirit, to form a pattern of education for young leaders with integration, innovation, and creativity.
To actualize Laudato Si's spirit, PMKRI will prepare a workshop related to the green movement in collaboration with several practitioners and activists. The highlight of this activity will be summed up by planting trees together.
Earlier, PMKRI met the Indonesian Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, who expressed his support for the CMS, because it follows the spirit of religious moderation.
CMS has the support of the government—the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KHLK), the Minister of Religion, and Bank Central Asia (BCA). – With reporting by Emiliana Saptaningsih


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