Catholic shrine in Philippine go green

Catholic shrine in Philippine go green

1456995812A Catholic shrine in Manila planed to go green. As part of its new decision, the first church in the Philippine capital was in the path of becoming a completely solar-powered one.

The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, a shrine operated by the Redemptorists, would be installing solar panels in the coming months as part of its green effort.

The project is a “step toward becoming a green church. This is basically rooted on our desire to help protect our environment and raise awareness about climate change,” said Brother Ciriaco Santiago, head of the congregation’s Commission on Social Mission Apostolate.

The community approved to use the church’s roof to generate electricity for the shrine. The church’s new initiative was basically in tune with the congregation’s environmental advocacy that is inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si, said Brother Santiago.