Unified action against environment degradation needed: Goa Archbishop

Panaji, Dec 24 (IANS) Nations need to take unified action against environment degradation and irresponsible development, Goa Archbishop Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao said in his Christmas message on Saturday, as the state gears up for the festive season.

“Yes, let’s recreate the world into a place where peace, understanding, justice and reconciliation will abide among human beings and where nations will take unified actions against environmental degradation and irresponsible development,” Ferrao said in his address to the state, where nearly 26 per cent of the 1.5 million population are Roman Catholic.

“Specially, in the poor and the marginalised with whom he (Christ) identified himself in an eminent way, through his very birth in the stable. He came to show us the way to live lives of love, of compassion, of kindness, of justice,” Ferrao added.

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha also congratulated Catholics on the occasion.

“Our country is rich in tradition and diverse in culture where all the citizens celebrate every festival with great zeal and happiness irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival as a member of one family with co-operation and mutual love,” Sinha said.