Nairobi, 20 May, 2020 / 4:08 am (ACI Africa).
At a tree planting ceremony organized to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si’, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan described creation as the first and earliest form in which God reveals himself, calling it “the very first epiphany of God.”
“Creation is God’s first and primordial revelation. Creation is, indeed, the very first epiphany of God,” the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen said Monday, May 18 at the Nairobi ceremony, which was live streamed on Facebook.
“Pope Francis continually shows how Laudato Si’ is animated by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, a spirit that acknowledges the presence of God in creation,” he said while presiding over the tree planting ceremony at the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa) offices within St. Jude Capuchin Friary in the Westlands area of Nairobi.
The Nuncio quoted Pope Francis saying, “God has written a precious book: whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe.”
“Each creature reflects something of God and has a message to convey to us,” he further said, making reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches that every creature on earth reflects a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.