Latest stories: Laudato Si

Dorothy Atuhaire Ssonko, animating Children's liturgy on the Uganda Catholic Television / Uganda Catholic Television

Children’s Year of St. Joseph Initiative in Uganda Attracts Countrywide Participation

An initiative by children at Namugongo Catholic Parish of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese to mark the Year of St Joseph has spread to other Parishes across the East African country, attracting other children who are eager to learn about the Saint.

Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline. /

Catholic Climate Movement to Address Possible Displacement by Uganda-Tanzania Oil Pipeline

Members of the Clergy in Uganda ministering under the umbrella of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) have begun a campaign to sensitize communities about the dangers of climate destruction.

Eleven Africa-based Catholic Institutions Commit to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Eleven Africa-based Catholic institutions are among 47 global faith entities whose leadership made a joint announcement Monday, November 16 committing to divest from fossil fuels.

Pope Francis' video message to TED Countdown posted Oct. 10, 2020. /

Pope Francis Calls for 'integral ecology' in TED Climate Countdown Video

Pope Francis sent a video message to the TED Countdown summit on climate change Saturday explaining how a more “integral ecology” can help the poor.

Ndola Diocese.

Zambia’s Ndola Diocese Trains Trainers on Alternative Sources of Household Cooking Fuel

The need to adopt alternative sources of household cooking fuel was the focus of a training, which the leadership of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese organized in view of fostering environmental conservation.

A poster for the 2020 Season of Creation. /

Engage in Actions “that are ecologically correct”: Bishops in Zambia Tell Politicians

At a virtual session aimed at addressing the ecological crisis in Zambia, Catholic Bishops have called on the leadership of the southern Africa nation to consider going beyond political correctness and base their actions on what can safeguard the earth and the ecosystem.

Pope French discusses Laudato si’ with French ecological experts Sept. 3, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Science and Faith Together can Help Protect Environment: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Thursday that science and faith together can help humanity to overcome ecological crises. 

Logo Season of Creation 2020. /

Planned Activities to Celebrate Annual Month-long “Season of Creation” Event in Africa

As Catholics across the globe plan to join other Christians to be part of the month-long annual event dubbed Season of Creation, an official of the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa), one of the organizations participating in the event, has outlined some of the planned activities to mark the ecumenical initiative in Africa.

Logos of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
(GIZ), a German Development Agency and Caritas Ghana, the development and humanitarian agency of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). /

Caritas Ghana Rolls out $175,000 Project to Ease COVID-19 Burden

Catholic Bishops in Ghana, through their humanitarian wing, Caritas Ghana have embarked on a humanitarian project that will see vulnerable groups who have been worst hit by COVID-19 benefit from a GHc1million (UD$175,000.00) project to help them get back on their feet.

The Model Tree Nursery by Kenya's Kakamega diocese. The project is in response to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. / CJPC Kakamega/ Facebook

Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese Establishes Tree Nursery in Response to Laudato Si’

The leadership of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) in the Diocese of Kakamega in Kenya has initiated a tree nursery project, initially with 12,000 seedlings, as a response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, a CJPC official has told ACI Africa.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. /

Amid Stay-at-Home Directive, “something good can still emerge”: Ethiopian Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has encouraged the people of God in the country to turn the challenge of staying at home amid COVID-19 into an opportunity for reflection “on the meaning of life” in the light of the “Word of God.”

Some members of the Ignitian Youth Network (IYNIGO), a youth
Empowerment wing of the Arrupe Jesuit Institute in Ghana with the Founding Director of the Arrupe Jesuit Institute, Fr. Kpanie Addy, SJ preparing for the tree planting exercise. / Denis Eyram Quashie

Youth Group in Ghana Concludes Laudato Si’ Week with Tree Planting Initiative

Among an array of activities to close the week-long celebrations of Laudato Si’, the Ignitian Youth Network (IYNIGO), an Arrupe Jesuit Institute youth empowerment movement in Ghana attended Holy Mass that was marked by planting of trees as a gesture of their commitment towards environmental sustainability.

Boatmen in Guwahati Assam, India. Credit: Michael FOley via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) /

Vatican to Mark 5th Anniversary of Laudato si’ With Year-long Celebration

The Vatican will on May 24 launch a year-long celebration of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato si’ to mark its fifth anniversary.

Plans Underway to Celebrate Laudato Si' Week in Africa amid COVID-19 Restrictions

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.

Archbishop Paulo Borgia, the Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast with Participants at the meeting on Land Grabbing in Africa organized by RECOWA. /

West Africa Bishops Meeting to Seek Solutions to Massive Land Grabbing in Africa

After concerns of massive land grabbing in Africa were raised by the West African Bishops at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) during their February meeting, these Church leaders have convened a follow-up meeting with other stakeholders including experts in Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan to seek solutions to the challenge.  

Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) / RECOWA

Massive Land Grabbing, Expropriation, Exploitation, Concern of West African Church Leaders

The grabbing of land in Africa by “multinational” corporates keen on maximizing their profits without paying attention to the livelihoods of natives on the continent has been a key highlight during the weeklong gathering of Catholic Church leaders at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) that concluded Monday, February 17.

Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Sala, Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Gambia with young people of Liberia after the closing Mass of the National Youth Gathering in Monrovia, Sunday February 16, 2020. / CABICOL

“Be more generous in your response to the Gospel,” Pope Francis to Young People in Liberia

At the national gathering of young people organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) with the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Pope Francis invited participants to be more generous in their response to the Gospel message as they discern God’s plans for their respective lives.

Religious Leaders and other stakeholders at the end of a 3-day workshop in Kinshasa to Launch the interfaith initiative for the preservation of the tropical forest in DR Congo on Thursday Dec 5, 2019 /

Churches Partner to Preserve Tropical Forest in DR Congo, Appreciate Laudato Si’

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Catholic Church has partnered with the Church of Christ of Congo (ECC) to preserve the tropical forest in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato si’ which calls on the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

Fr. John Nene (standing - Caritas Nyahururu); From left: Stephen KItuku (Caritas Kenya), Dennis Kioko (Trocaire), Stellamaris Muelar (Fastenopfer), Margaret Mwaniki (Caritas Africa), and Hellen Owiti (Trocaire) / ACI Africa

Laudato Si’ An Inspiration to Ongoing Multi-Agency Conference on Agroecology in Kenya

Some four years after Pope Francis released the Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato si’ (on care for our common home) in which he made recommendations toward environmental protection and decried human activities leading to degradation and global warming, the widely circulated document has inspired the multi-agency conference on agroecology, the first of its kind in the East African country of Kenya, one of the organizers of the four-day event told ACI Africa in Nyahururu, the venue of the convention.

Notes by IMBISA Bishops during a session on care of creation, our common home guided by Pope Francis' Laudato Si during their 12th Plenary Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique on November 15, 2019 / Bishop José Luís Gerardo Ponce de León of Manzini, Swaziland

Vision for a Safe Church, Environment Preoccupy Southern Africa Bishops in 12th Plenary

Facilitators in the ongoing Plenary Assembly of the Bishops within the Southern Africa region of the continent have, over the last two days, guided the Church leaders drawn from six Bishops’ conferences across nine countries to deliberate on the need to ensure the safety of children within Church institutions and concrete steps towards care for God’s creation.