Nairobi, 15 May, 2020 / 4:29 am (ACI Africa).
Plans are underway in Africa to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, Laudato Si’ through a series of activities, which the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa) is spearheading amid COVID-19 restrictions, officials involved in organizing the weeklong event dubbed “Laudato Si’ Week” have told ACI Africa.
Joining Catholics across the globe for the May 16-24 event upon the invitation of the Holy Father on March 3, the Nairobi-based GCCM Africa leadership has organized Webinars, Online prayers and a tree planting ceremony among other activities, the Programs Manager, Fr. Benedict Ayodi told ACI Africa Thursday, May 14.
“We have organized an online prayer service for the whole continent of Africa,” Fr. Benedict said, adding that the Saturday, May 16 service will be presided over by Bishop Charles Kasonde, the chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and the Local Ordinary of Solwezi Diocese in Zambia.
“On Sunday the 17th of May, we will have what we call the Laudato Si’ Mass,” Fr. Benedict, a member of the Order of Franciscans Minor, Capuchin (OFM Cap.) said and explained, “This is a unique Mass that we will do in open air where we can listen to creation, the trees and the birds moving around.”
There will be a tree planting ceremony on Monday, 18 at GCCM Africa offices within St. Jude Capuchin Friary in the Westlands area of Nairobi, to be presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen, Fr. Benedict told ACI Africa, adding that Pope’s representative in Kenya will plant an indigenous tree.