Updated: May 25, 2021 11:35 AM GMT
An activist wears a mask to dramatize her opposition to the use of dirty energy during a protest in Manila. (Photo by Mark Saludes)
Catholic bishops in the Philippines have pledged to pull the plug on investing in "dirty energy" like coal-fired power plants.The decision was made during the prelates' biannual plenary that ended early this week.Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the social action arm of the Catholic bishops' conference, said the bishops would instead place xhurch money in renewable sources of energy. Laudato si'.He said the Vatican has been asking Philippine church leaders what have they done in response to the challenge set by Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment."I told the bishops that we need to come up with a pastoral letter but it should be accompanied by action points because we need to 'walk the talk,'" said Father Gariguez. "We need concrete action in relation to the challenges of Laudato si’," he added.At least four bishops whose dioceses have investments in coal vowed to divest their funds immediately.Early this year, ucanews.com learned that talks were underway for Catholic dioceses to withdraw their holdings in dirty energy, including investments in mining.Several dioceses and religious congregations that used to have huge investments in oil and mining, including Manila Archdiocese, divested their shares as early as 2014.
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