Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gave the keynote address in the forum on “Laudato Si,” the encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment, at Ateneo de Manila University last Aug. 13.
The forum was part of the series of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of the Manila Observatory.
The observatory was founded in 1865 by Fr. Federico Faura as part of the scientific apostolate of the Society of Jesus.
Don Bosco feast
Later, on Aug. 16, the Cardinal joined Bosconians and Salesians from all over the country in the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of St. John Bosco at Ynares Sports Complex, Pasig City.
Ecotourism cave tours
The indigenous Dumagats and the Blessed Sacrament Missionaries of the Poor Inc. (BSMP) have set up tours for the Catholic faithful of the Monte Cristo caves at Sitio Suha, Brgy. San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan, says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News.
The tours are conducted with Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc.
They are also a form of religious pilgrimage.
The BSMP brothers attend to the health and education needs of the Dumagats.
“The Sagip Sierra Madre is not only an NGO, this is also a community-based organization with different tribes as members,” said BSMP missionary Bro. Martin Francisco. “We want the Dumagats to empower and organize themselves. We are teaching them on leadership training and how to be independent.”
Those interested to help may contact Francisco and BSMP at 0917-5503182, or send him a message on Facebook via www.facebook.com/bromartin.francisco?fref=ts.
Wanted in France
The Dominican Convent of Lille, France, is looking for a young male lay Dominican or someone familiar with the Dominican community, between 20-30 years of age, to assist in the development of Dominican Volunteer International in France.
The volunteer must possess web-designing skills and must have had some experience in pastoral/charitable work, particularly working with youth aged 10-14. While fluency in French is a plus, it is not a requirement; English proficiency is.
The volunteer will stay in Lille from six months to a year and will serve as an English teaching assistant in one or two Dominican schools. The volunteer may also help in the development of Dominican online preaching sites, particularly retraitedanslaville.org.
Volunteers may submit their updated curriculum vitae, letter expressing their motivations to come to France, and the name of the Dominican priest or nun who informed the volunteers about the program.