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PHILIPPINES: Filipino Seminarians Plant Trees

As the Philippines celebrate 500 years of Christianity, seminarians from Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City will be rolling up their sleeves to do a little gardening.

As part of the country’s celebrations, the seminary has decided to plant 500 jubilee trees: “500 Trees for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.” Yet the seedlings for the trees will go beyond the seminary walls. The seminarians have been asked to take a seedling home with them during their vacations and plant it in their hometowns. These tree saplings, the “Vianney Jubilee Trees”, are part of the seminary’s efforts to address Pope Francis’ call to “care for the common home.”  


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