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  • » 10/30/2015, 00.00


    Priest’s Laudato si’ online power point presentation finds wide audience

    Mathias Hariyadi

    An online presentation of the encyclical by Fr Budi Prayitno, former director of Caritas Indonesia, is met with scores of positive comments by Catholics and non-Catholics. The aim is to “raise awareness about the future impact of climate change and help Indonesians better cope with it.” In the past, some “would poke fun at me,” he said. Not anymore.

    Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Fr Stephanus Budi Prayitno, former director of Caritas Indonesia, is trying to “raise awareness about the future impact of climate change and help Indonesians better cope with it.” To do this, he is promoting Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical via an online PowerPoint presentation that has found a wide audience among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

    An Indonesian translation of the papal document has existed since September, but it has not yet been widely circulated. For this reason, the Catholic priest decided to present its most important points in an easy to use format. So far, the feedback has been great, with many expressing their gratitude for such a topical issue as Francis’ integral ecology.

    Fr Stephanus Budi Prayitno led Caritas Indonesia for more than 20 years. He quit this year because of heart problems. In light of his work, he has been aware of climate issues for quite some time, and how climate change can be especially bad for rural communities, farmers and fishermen, especially those living in remote areas, when they  are affected by environmental disasters.

    The clergyman became involved in campaigns to raise awareness about environmental problems long before Laudato si’ was published, but “No one would really listen to me,” he told AsiaNews. “Some colleagues in other organisations would poke fun at me, saying that harmful climate change was all in my mind.”

    In his presentation, Fr Budi Prayitno begins with a message on how to prepare one’s heart and mind to receive Laudato si’.

    This is followed by a definition of climate change and its impact on the nature, as well as a presentation of a theological perspective inspired by Genesis. A number of natural disasters that have affected Indonesia in recent years are used to illustrate the matter. The aim is to make people more aware of the problem’s real impact.

    The presentation’s highlight is the encyclical’s core concept, namely the notion that the Earth is our "common home".

    Using a simple but direct style in Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesia’s national language, the clergyman hopes to raise public awareness in both the general public and the authorities about the climate threats that hang over the country, and which can only get worse (see the current fire and haze crisis).

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    See also

    18/06/2015 VATICAN
    Encyclical: "An irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed the Earth (1)
    "Laudato sì, on care for our common home" opens with a very strong appeal to reject "the violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin," which "also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life". Climate change, access to water, biodiversity conservation challenges are "indispensable" for all humanity. In the Bible and in the Gospels "the correct reading: we are not lords but stewards of Creation."

    18/08/2015 MYANMAR – ASIA
    For Myanmar cardinal, Asian Churches are united behind Francis against climate change
    Card Charles Bo celebrated the opening Mass of a two-day seminar of Asian bishops on climate change. Myanmar is a clear case of the consequences of global warming. In his homily, the prelate called on Catholics to defend the natural environment. Meanwhile, ordinary Myanmese continue their efforts to help victims of recent floods.

    06/05/2016 15:00:00 VATICAN
    Vatican message for Vesak: Christians and Buddhists must work together for "ecological education"

    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue calls on Buddhists to “cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.” Christians and Buddhists share the awareness that the "external deserts" are caused by "internal deserts", and that the eco-crisis is first and foremost "an ego-crisis."


    28/05/2016 16:35:00 INDONESIA
    Jakarta archbishop calls for conversion to meet the environmental urgency in country’s forests

    In a pastoral letter, Mgr Ignatius Suharyo calls on the faithful to heed the plea in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. Pollution and deforestation have placed a huge burden on Indonesia’s environment. In the past 15 years, some ten million acres of forests have been lost. Working for the environment meets a moral call and needs new rules of conduct.

    21/07/2015 VATICAN
    For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
    Francis met this afternoon with some 70 mayors from some of the world’s major cities, who are in Rome for a conference on new forms of slavery and climate change, organised by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.

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