Cardinal Tagle warns Catholics against 'false gods,' false creators'

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday warned Catholics against "false gods" and "false creators," urging Filipinos not to fall for these.

"Every false god and false creator creates a false world which is a big lie but it is packaged beautifully. You don't even realize it is a lie and so it attracts so many inhabitants that care for that false world," he said during a mass at the "Walk for Creation" event held in Luneta.

In his homily in an event to promote care for the environment, Tagle condemned the so-called "culture of destruction," created by "false gods." He said it threatened the Filipino culture of caring.

"That is not the culture that we want," he said.

The Cardinal also urged Catholics to protect the environment – especially as the Philippines is vulnerable to climate change.

The "Walk for Creation" aims to highlight the importance of the environment and everything created by God.

"Care for creation, is care for life," he said. "It is high time for us to really work together, especially us, Filipinos, who witnessed widespread destruction of lives, lands, and infrastructures because of the harmful effects of climate change."

The Asian Development Bank in 2017 report said the Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Thailand are among the world's top 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events.

The "Walk for Creation" marks the start of the monthlong "Season of Creation." It also marks the celebration of the "World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation," designated by Pope Francis.

An estimated 5,000 people from various parishes, schools, and church organizations in Metro Manila attended the event.