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Reflect on God-given Mandate to Protect Creation: Catholic Priest in Zambia to Christians

Fr. Cornelius Chibamba. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Christians in the Southern African nation of Zambia are being challenged to reflect on the mandate received from the Lord to protect and care for creation. 

In a Wednesday, September 22 video message, Fr. Cornelius Chibamba calls on the people of God to take urgent measures to save the environment from degradation. 

“We as Christians, as Catholics, are supposed to reflect on this mandate and responsibility that the Lord gave us,” Fr. Chibamba says. 

The Pastoral Coordinator of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) adds that Christians "should reflect on our responsibility." 

“We are calling on every individual, every Christian, every baptized Catholic to see how we are affecting the world,” Fr. Chibamba says. 

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In his reflection, the ZCCB official challenges Christians in Zambia to pose, in reference to God’s creation, “Am I affecting it in a negative or a positive way? How do I take care of other living things and how do I interact with the environment? What is my role as a Christian, as a baptized person?” 

“At the household level, how do we dispose of our waste? How do we make the world a better place? Even those who are doing farming, what kind of farming methods are we employing? What kind of fertilizer are we using?" the Zambian Priest further poses.  

After reflecting on the impact of their actions on the environment, Fr. Chibamba says, "there is need to do something." 

"We have to do something. We have to act now," the Pastoral Coordinator of ZCCB says. 

Fr. Chibamba, whose reflection is in the context of the Season of Creation, an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for the earth, says that the environmental degradation has reached unprecedented levels and that there is need to save the earth urgently.

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“Our prayers should be accompanied by our actions," the Zambian Priest says, and adds, “Where we have reached, we are heading towards disaster. We have to do something. We have to act now.”  

There is need for "concerted effort from every individual" to reclaim the environment, Fr. Chibamba says and calls upon the people of God to establish a connection with all creation. 

“We are supposed to be connected to one another, not only human beings but we are supposed to create an equilibrium with all living species and inanimate objects,” the Pastoral Coordinator of ZCCB further says.