Asian church leaders join pope’s call for care for creation

A file image of a group of people cleaning up a beach somewhere in Asia. ( photo)

Church leaders across Asia have joined Pope Francis’ call for “care for creation” as the Catholic Church marks this week the fifth anniversary of encyclical Laudato si’.

In a video message, Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta called on the faithful to have “a noble heart” and “make our earth a prosperous and peaceful place for all creation.”

In Pakistan, Bishop Indrias Rehmat of Faisalabad reminded Christians to commit to “treating and consuming the resources and God’s creation with care and love.”

The prelate called on the faithful to use environment-friendly products instead of non-biodegradable plastic bags that pose threats to people’s health and the environment, reported Vatican News.

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