Letter read by Rom Cumagun Guerrilla Publisher THE PHILIPPINE CORPORATE ADDRESS BOOK

To my Venerable Brothers

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON,
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Cardinal Kurt KOCH,
President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity

Sharing the concern of my beloved brother, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for the future of creation (cf. Laudato Si’, 7-9), and at the suggestion of his representative, Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamum, who took part in the presentation of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home, I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September, as has been the custom in the Orthodox Church for some time.

As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation. We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.).

The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live. The celebration of this Day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters. We live at a time when all Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together, in order to be more credible and effective. It is my hope that this Day will in some way also involve other Churches and ecclesial Communities, and be celebrated in union with similar initiatives of the World Council of Churches.

I ask you, Cardinal Turkson, as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to inform the Justice and Peace Commissions of the Bishops’ Conferences, as well as the national and international organizations involved in environmental issues, of the establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, so that, with due regard for local needs and situations, it can be properly celebrated with the participation of the entire People of God: priests, men and women religious and the lay faithful. For this reason, it will be the task of your Council, in cooperation with the various Episcopal Conferences, to arrange suitable ways of publicizing and celebrating the Day, so that this annual event will become a significant occasion for prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate lifestyles.

I ask you, Cardinal Koch, as President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, to make the necessary contacts with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and with other ecumenical organizations so that this World Day can serve as a sign of a common journey in which all believers in Christ take part. It will also be your Council’s responsibility to ensure that it is coordinated with similar initiatives undertaken by the World Council of Churches.

In expressing my hope that, as a result of wide cooperation, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be inaugurated and develop in the best way possible, I invoke upon this initiative the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of goodwill to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation. As a pledge of spiritual fruitfulness, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, Eminent Brothers, and to all those who share in your ministry.

From the Vatican, 6 August 2015
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.


Note: Rom Cumagun suggests readers to take action with the Global Catholic Climate Movement


I, Jose Romualdo “Rom” Baldillo Cumagun shot Philippine eagle Pamana!

I say so because my best efforts to learn more about him weren’t good enough.

What do I really know about the Philippine eagle?

THE MAN WHO SHOT PH EAGLE PAMANA 2I shot Pamana because I did not teach my family enough about the wild birds of the Philippines.

When did I teach my wife and four children about Philippine raptors?

Wild Bird Club of the PhilippinesI shot Pamana because I did not integrate love for wildlife enough in my lesson plans.

Was I able to integrate bird calls in my corporate communication lessons?

I shot Pamana because I did not write enough about how much the Philippine eagle means to me. I remember in my younger years that it was originally called as the monkey eating eagle and it was only when it was being called the Philippine eagle that my awareness was piqued.

Did I strive hard enough to love and protect our national treasure?

I am claiming Environment Secretary Ramon Paje’s P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Pamana (Philippine eagle found dead in Mount Hamiguitan Range in Davao Oriental).

I will use this money to buy Kennedy’s Guide to the Birds of the Philippines.
Wild Bird Club of the PhilippinesI will use the money to bring my family to bird festivals conducted by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Wild Bird Club of the PhilippinesI will use this money
 to bring my communication students to an expedition in Candaba Swamps, Pampanga so they can help Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
the municipality in promoting environmental awareness.
I am the man who shot Philippine eagle Pamana; I have killed myself.
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

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ph legislators: Marinduque still suffers from Mining

sugat ng calancan bayPhilippine legislators acknowledged that Marinduque is still suffering from the effects of the Marcopper toxic spill nearly two decades ago by passing House bill on 2nd reading banning mining in the province.

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Business World reported that Marinduque Rep. Regina Reyes, who has been working for the total ban in the province, said: “The province of Marinduque has been enduring the detrimental consequences of the 1996 mining disaster and its aftermath.”

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“It is brutal and criminal to the residents of Marinduque to allow the exploitation of natural resources which will inevitably lead to the exacerbation of this unresolved mining tragedy.”

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Marinduque’s Boac River, its main source of clean water, was struck with a massive spill of toxic mine tailings when disaster struck the open-pit mining operation of Marcopper and Canadian company Placer Dome on March 24, 1996.

The province’s Calancan Bay was the mining company’s major dump-site for its mine tailings. The video documentary “Sugat ng Calancan Bay” (Wound of Calancan Bay) looks back at the 30 year history of mine tailings dumping in the Marinduque’s sea waters, its health effects on the residents and the fisher-folks’ class suit against Marcopper and Placer Dome.

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A total ban on mining in the province will be put in place once the measure passes into law. Under the bill, violators face a fine of P1 million and imprisonment of 12 years, or both. The mining company also stands to be stripped of its license to operate.