He continued, “When we talk about sin, let us not only talk about sin against fellow human beings and against God. We must also preach about sins against the environment: when people cut trees down, when people sell their land for mining, when people mine sand in rivers and then floods come, we as Pastors must preach about this.”
The Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa official further said that it is the duty of Priests and Pastors to remind people of their calling to take care of the environment.
Apart from preaching, the Capuchin Priest said leaders of Christian communities need to create forums where followers of Christ can be taught about environmental issues such as sustainable farming.
"In such forums, we can call experts to train the people," Fr. Makagutu said.
He went on to called on those at the helm of Christian communities to lead by example by adopting “environmentally friendly” actions.
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“We should also embrace and live in environmentally friendly ways. We can start our own farms,” said Fr. Makagutu.
Addressing himself to all believers, the Communication Coordinator of Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa said that there is need to have a sense of belonging.
"We need to have a sense of belonging for the environment and where we stay," he said, and explained, "When we see ourselves as belonging in a place, we will be mindful of the environment there but if we see it as another person’s place, we will not be mindful."
“I Urge all Christians and people of good will that they have love for the environment for the sake of ourselves and the generations to come," Fr. Makagutu said.
The Capuchin Priest also urged Christians to foster unity, saying, "May we look back to the Magis who went to see Christ and they worshipped Him, who had brought unity between Jews and gentiles."
"May unity be brought among us by this same Christ," the Catholic Priest implored during the January 21 interview with ACI Africa.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.