Nazareth: Schools discuss ‘Laudato si’

(   The representatives of the private schools got together with the authorities of all the churches in the school of St. Joseph of the Apparition, in Nazareth, in order to prepare for the 2016 school year, which is dedicated to the environment, inspired by the encyclical ‘Laudato si’ of Pope Francis.

The ‘Laudato si’ journey was held in the auditorium of the school ‘St. Joseph of the Apparition’, in Nazareth, with the aim of discussing the Environment Encyclical of Pope Francis, which will be included in the school curriculum next year. Representatives of private schools and various people involved in education took part in this journey.  After the publication of the Pope Francis’ Encyclical in May 2015, I learned that the school programs in Galilee have much in common with the contents of the Papal Encyclical, particularly on the call to protect our ‘common home’.

H.E. GIACINTO BOULOS MARCUZZO  – Vicar – Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem:  “Following the beautiful pastoral letter of Pope Francis ‘Laudato si’ (‘Praise be to You’), focused on the care of our common home and on the protection of creation, the private schools in our country have decided to dedicate next year to nature conservation.  ‘Praise’ to God the creator and also ‘Praise’ to the creatures who glorify God. For man is, indeed, regarded as ‘the guardian’ of nature, in this beautiful Encyclical.”

The event was attended by Mons. Marcuzzo and Bishop. Bacouny, by the mayor and also by the Muslim, Christian and Druze religious authorities, in addition to the teaching staff and directors of private schools of Nazareth and the surrounding area.

SCEIKH DIAA´ALDIN ABU AHMAD – Imam at Al Salam Mosque – Nazareth:  “This program is a wonderful invitation, in the wake of the title of the Pope’s Letter ‘Laudato si”. In fact, it is important for men to live on this earth according to the will of God.”

Participants reiterated that nature belongs to everyone and therefore we all must respect it: we all have to behave responsibly when it comes to nature, avoiding and preventing its destruction.