SOUTH AFRICA: Church Launches Environmental Conservation Awareness Campaign

PRETORIA,SEPTEMBER 5, 2017(CISA) – The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has launched an awareness campaign on Environmental Conservation.

Speaking during the launch, Fr Sakhi Mofokeng, the General Secretary for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, department for Formation, Life, and Apostolate of the Laity said that human beings need to ensure that they help in caring for the creation of God in its entirety.

“Because of this responsibility of taking care of nature, the goal of mankind is (to) show God’s righteous rule over all creation. God is sovereign. He created humanity and entrusted him with the responsibility of taking care of the whole creation,” Vatican Radio quoted Fr Mofokeng as saying.

Fr Sakhi further said that humanity’s responsibility for the earth involves earth-keeping, wise use of the land and its resources, raising Godly Children and converting the nations.

He quoted Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sì, where the Pontiff refers to the earth as a Sister and a beautiful Mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

The launch took place during the September 1 celebration of Spring Day and the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat -Khanya House in Pretoria.

The campaign is inspired by Pope Francis’ historic encyclical Laudato Sì under the theme, “Cry of the Earth – Cry of the Poor.”

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