Upcoming Training to Build African Catholic Journalists’ Capacity in Ecology Reporting

Official Logo Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP). Credit: UCAP

Catholic Journalists in Africa are set to undergo training on how to work with other entities in addressing environmental challenges.

The November 5 to 11 seminar organized by the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP) and its Ugandan section, in collaboration with the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) is themed  theme "Contribution of journalists and media practitioners for an integral ecology according to Pope Francis' encyclical ‘Laudato Si’."

“The seminar will take place at Ulrika Guest House in Kisubi, Wakiso district, and its main objective is to build the capacity of media professionals and propose effective approaches to solving environmental problems that are an integral part of sustainable development on the African continent,” UCAP officials say in a message shared with ACI Africa

They add that the event aims at bringing together Catholic media professionals and lay journalists from across Africa to receive refresher training on working with the Church to develop sustainable mechanisms that promote environmental restoration and “allow ecosystems to function naturally.”

They say, “Pope Francis, in his encyclical "Laudato Si", stresses the need to train journalists and media personnel on their roles and responsibilities in collaborating with the Church and the State to combat environmental degradation caused by ignorance, greed, selfishness and the absence of a clear vision of integral development.”


“The encyclical emphasizes that God has entrusted the earth and its resources to humanity, naming us stewards and custodians rather than destroyers. This concept, called integral ecology, will serve as a long-term inspiration for assuming responsibility for practices that negatively impact climate change. We believe there is a spiritual dimension to understanding climate change, especially when seen through the prism of faith and aligned with the latest scientific reports,” they say.

“UCAP, as the voice of the Church and other stakeholders, is uniquely placed to raise awareness of these concerns and highlight successful initiatives that inspire others to adopt environmentally-friendly practices,” UCAP officials say.

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.