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Church Joins 'Earth Hour'

Stressing the need to “make amends for our ecological sins,” Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales led the Manila archdiocese in joining the rest of the world in observing “Earth Hour” on March 29.

Earth Hour is a global initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, which calls on people to turn off their lights and other unnecessary appliances and electrical devices for an hour, to highlight the need for action on global warming.

In the Web site www.earthhour.org, 24 cities including Manila were indicated to have signed up for the activity, which took place around 8 p.m.In a message given for circulation around parishes in the Manila archdiocese, Rosales has called on “all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila and all those who wish to join “to participate in the event.”

J o i n i n g the activity, he said, is doing something vital “to reverse the tide of destruction” that modern life and human selfishness have wrought on Earth.

“On this joyous day when we celebrate life, we turn to our earth, our abode, our beautiful home, which still “groans and suffers” in need of redemption from the abuses of those whose responsibility is to safeguard and protect it,” the message read.

“It can be our hour of commitment to be responsible stewards of nature. It can be our penance for our ecological sins and offenses and the beginning of our resolve never to commit those sins again,” the message added.