Archbishop Ledesma spells out major concerns for this yuletide season-A A +A
Sunday, December 22, 2013
CAGAYAN de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD emphasizes that for this season of Christmas and New Year, the most urgent concern would be the relief and rehabilitation of the families affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Visayas.
“In fact, as of the moment we have some volunteers there in Leyte, a multisectoral group composed of young people and other volunteers from the Archdiocese, Xavier University, and the civil society groups in the city. This is our way of paying back what we also received two years ago here for the families affected by Tropical storm Sendong. Our slogan actually is ‘Remembering Sendong, caring for Yolanda.’”
The second major concern, Ledesma says, is the completion of the framework agreement and the peace process with the Bangsamoro.
“We are hopeful and praying for the completion of this agreement so that there will be a just and lasting peace in Mindanao. And then again, I would encourage our own parishioners here to be open and sensitive to the needs of other religious and cultural communities to be able to promote lasting peace for everyone,” Ledesma adds.
Ledesma points out that the third important issue to deeply reflect and act on is the protection of the environment through the Cagayan De Oro River Basin Management Council of which he co-chairs with the regional directors of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and also with the mayor of the city.
Ledesma hopes that the council can again promote the rehabilitation of the environment for the sustainable development of the city.
“So these are three major concerns that we would like to promote this Christmas and New Year season, and we hope that this is also one way to show our concern to every person here in the community,” he said.
“May I share with everyone then our greetings and blessings for the season of Christmas.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 22, 2013.