Redemptorist priest Oliver Castor (left) performs during a three-hour show in Quezon City on Oct. 1 to promote the message of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si'. (Photo by Mark Saludes)
A group of priests and seminarians in the Philippines are promoting Laudato si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, through songs and music.Speaking before a gathering dubbed “Laudato Sing” on Oct. 1, seminarian Herbert Padillo said they want to raise awareness about the impact of destructive projects to communities. Padillo, who spoke in behalf of the religious group Nicodemus Solidarity, said the gathering aimed to help spread the message of environmental protection.”The rich lessons of Laudato si’ ought to be understood by the public,” he said. “But if words still fail, songs might help to better realize the message it conveys.”A group of independent artists and bands joined the priests and seminarians in a three-hour performance at St. Clement Mission Seminary in Quezon City.