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Seoul Archdiocese launches ecological apostolate institution

Part of the church's effort to help protect and restore creation

October 12, 2016

The Pastoral Committee for the Environment in Seoul Archdiocese officially established an ecological apostolate institute in order to boost the church's movement to preserve God's creation.

The committee held an inaugural Mass called, "Sky, Earth, Water and Friend" at Myeongdong Cathedral on Oct. 4. Participants pledged to "protect all forms of life and to work to make the society of the kingdom of heaven full of justice, peace, love and beauty."

Members will renew their pledges every year.

"Men are called by God as stewards to protect creation but we have exploited and destroyed it. Now we have a grave responsibility to restore creation," said Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Yu Gyoung-chon of Seoul.

"Establishing the ecological apostolate institution will help Catholics live more ecologically," the bishop said.

The archdiocese began the environment movement on Jan. 1, 1990 when St. Pope John Paul II released his World Day of Peace message: "Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation."

The "Sky, Earth, Water and Friend" projects will be structured in small sizes groups, parish and archdiocesan-level councils, according to the institute's manual.

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