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Catholic Universities Should do More to Respond to Environmental Issues, Vatican Cardinal

Mar 14, 2023

The cardinal who is seen as Pope Francis’ point man on the environment said in an address at Gonzaga University last week that universities, especially Catholic universities, have a major role to play in constructing a plan to “care for our common home.”

Pope Francis meets Arouna Kandé, one of the subjects of the documentary “The Letter.” | Photo credit: Laudato Si’ Movement

Climate Change Documentary Features Pope Francis

Oct 4, 2022

Pope Francis is featured in a documentary film on climate change and the environment that premiered at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa present the Laudato Si implementation guidelines for the AMECEA region. Credit: ACI Africa

Eastern Africa Small Christian Communities Tasked with Sharing New Environment Guidelines

Jul 20, 2022

Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have unveiled a document to provide guidelines for the care of the environment, and tasked Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in the region to be on the forefront of creating awareness on the guidelines.

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa at the closing Mass of the 20th Plenary Assembly o AMECEA in Tanzania. Credit: ACI Africa

Eastern Africa Catholic Bishops Conclude Plenary with Call for New Environment Strategies

Jul 17, 2022

Catholic Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have concluded their 20th Plenary Assembly of in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a call for tactical changes in addressing the challenges of climate change in the region in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

Dr. Emmanuel Aliba Kiiza lisitening to a presentation during the 20th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Church Official Faults “human action” for Environmental Degradation in Uganda

Jul 16, 2022

Environmental degradation in Uganda is a result of “human action”, a Catholic Church official has said.

Mr. Herbert Makinda, the lead researcher in the AMECEA study that sought to find out the levels of awareness of Laudato Si' in the region.
Credit: ACI Africa

Concern as Some Catholic Clergy, Religious in Eastern Africa Not Aware of Laudato Si’

Jul 14, 2022

While a majority of Clergy and Religious in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) are aware of Pope Francis’s Encyclical letter Laudato Si’, some having fully internalized it, and actively implementing it, a good number of Clergy and women and men Religious in the region have said they are not aware that the seven-year-old document exists.

Ambassador Donald John Wright addressing delegates of the 20th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 11 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Conserving Environment “not a choice, a necessity”: U.S. Diplomat in Tanzania to AMECEA

Jul 14, 2022

The responsibility of conserving the environment “is not a choice but a necessity to future generations”, the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania has told delegates of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

Dr. Paolo Ruffini addressing delegates of the 20th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 12 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

News Reports Can Enhance “ecological ethics”: Vatican Official to Eastern Africa Bishops

Jul 13, 2022

The gathering, production, and dissemination of news reports has the ability to “help spread ecological ethics”, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has said.

Participants at the theologists colloquium pose for a photo session at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar's Africama House in Nairobi on Thursday, 10 March 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

African Theologians Advocate for Adoption of African Values in Synod on Synodality

Mar 10, 2022

Participants in the ongoing Synod on Synodality symposium of Theologians that was organized by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) are suggesting that the Synodal process be anchored in African values.

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Praise God by Relating Well with Environment, Kenyan Catholic Priest Urges Christians

Jan 24, 2022

A Kenyan Catholic Priest serving with the Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa has, in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), told followers of Christ to relate well with nature and to foster environmental conservation. 

The Official Logo Caritas Internationalis. Credit: Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis Launches Awareness Campaign to Protect Access to Natural Resources

Jan 3, 2022

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has launched a three-year campaign to educate the people of God across the globe about the “urgent need to restore, protect and renew access to natural resources.”

Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana, Archbishop Henryk  Jagodzinski, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle and other dignitaries launching the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) five-year Laudato si Action Programme (LSAP). Credit: Courtesy Picture

Catholic Bishops in Ghana Launch Five-Year Laudato Si’ Program to “prepare for the future”

Nov 25, 2021

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) have launched a five-year Laudato Si’ Action Program (LSAP) that aims at spearheading the transformation of society through environmental conservation initiatives. 

Vice Chancellor of Nairobi-based Daystar University, Prof. Laban Ayiro during his encounter with Pope Francis at Pope Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City, on 3 November 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenyan-based University VC Says Encounter with Pope Francis on Laudato Si’ “prophetic”

Nov 4, 2021

The Vice Chancellor (VC) of Kenyan-based Daystar University developed a deep desire to meet Pope Francis when he read about the Holy Father’s approach to the conservation of the earth in his 2015 Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’. That was just over a year ago.

A poster announcing the virtual pilgrimage of members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Launched Virtual Pilgrimage in West Africa to Showcase Testimonies of “justice issues”

Nov 4, 2021

The online pilgrimage, which members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) launched is expected to feature people’s “contributions to the struggle for justice”, the Catholic Church leaders have said in a statement. 

Pope Francis, pictured on July 30, 2016. Mazur/

"Let us not forget that crises are also windows of opportunity": Pope Francis

Nov 2, 2021

He made the remark in a new book preface.

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Catholic Entity in Africa Mobilizing Signatures to Advocate for Climate Friendly Decisions

Sep 24, 2021

The leadership of Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa, a Catholic organization championing for the care of the earth and ecological justice, is calling on Christians across the continent to append their signatures to the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Catholic Petition and lobby political leaders to make climate friendly decisions.

Youth at Don Bosco Refugee Services, Palabek in Uganda's Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu during a tree planting session at the refugee center on 16 August  2021. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Refugees in Uganda Launch “Laudato Si’ Garden” to Address Country’s Growing Deforestation

Sep 2, 2021

Students at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services in Uganda have launched a tree planting drive aimed at ending deforestation in the country by planting thousands of trees at their facility.

A poster for the Season of Creation. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Become Aware of “ecological, social degradation we are experiencing”: South African Bishop

Aug 23, 2021

Ahead of the month-long annual event dubbed Season of Creation, a South African Bishop has called on the people of God in the country to become aware of “ecological and social degradation” and take appropriate actions.

Bishop Sébastien Muyengo of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese/ Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Recommends Countrywide Catechesis on Safeguarding of Creation

Jun 27, 2021

The Bishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese has recommended countrywide catechesis on the safeguarding of creation through Diocesan programs.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook.

Nigerian Archbishop Seeks Government Partnership in Environmental Conservation

Jun 25, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has asked the federal government to collaborate with the Church to ensure that there is a clean and healthy environment in the West African country.