Mariannhill, 27 August, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A South African Archbishop has expressed concern over the destruction of the environment and called on the people of God in the country to take urgent action to mitigate the effects of degradation.
In a pastoral letter published Tuesday, August 24, Archbishop William Slattery cautions against activities that “mistreat our world” and calls for collective efforts from the family level to conserve the environment.
“We must take action now; scientists show us that we are destroying God’s gift,” Archbishop Slattery says, and adds, “It is true that with coronavirus, unemployment and poverty we have many worries, yet we must also see that we humans are destroying the world with which God has gifted us.”
In the letter issued in anticipation of the annual Season of Creation, the Apostolic Administrator of South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese explains, “Around us we see piles of plastic, waste, toxic chemicals making the environment unsafe. Our cities are overcrowded, noise and vehicles everywhere, unhealthy housing, no green spaces or playgrounds.”
Observed from September 1st to October 4th, the Season of Creation is an ecumenical event dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. This year’s celebration is to be guided by the theme, “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.”