Bangui, 09 December, 2019 / 12:25 am (ACI Africa).
During the concluding Mass of the Annual National Pilgrimage in the Central African Republic (CAR) Saturday, December 7, the Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga called on the congregation of close to 25,000 pilgrims to make every effort to care for creation and have a sense of responsibility in the example of Mary.
“We should show respect for creation because it keeps shouting at us, given the way we despise it,” Cardinal Nzapalainga said and citing the Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father added, “the Pope underlines in Laudato Si’ that the earth cries out because of the damage we cause her in the irresponsible use and abuses of the goods that God has deposited in her.”
“We must do justice to creation, which is above all the work of God,” Cardinal Nzapalainga continued in his homily addressed to national and international pilgrims who gathered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Ngoukomba.
“We forget that we ourselves are dust, our own bodies are made up of elements of the planet. Its air gives us breath and its water invigorates us,” the Cardinal, a member of the religious and missionary Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers said at the conclusion of the three-day pilgrimage organized under the theme, “Mary, Mother of the Missionary Church.”
Reflecting on the theme of the pilgrimage and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be celebrated Monday, December 9 since December 8 is a Sunday, the Cardinal highlighted the value of responsibility in the example of Mary.