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  • 10 June 2023

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has on Friday June 9th, 2023, celebrated a Laudato Si Day at Maula Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe where different stakeholders showcased their efforts in conserving the environment in the country.

The Catholic church in Malawi joined the global campaign with theme of this years’ Laudato Si’ Week ‘Hope for the Earth. Hope for humanity’ in celebration of the eighth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical Laudato Si’.

The Laudato Si is a Vatican Document written by Pope Francis on environmentalism, ethics, and Christian faith which has the subtitle “on care for our common home”.

The Dean for Mtima Woyera Deanery, who was also a guest of honour at the event, Reverend Father Augustine Katundu described the demonstration as impressive in as far as environmental conservation is concerned.

Father Katundu commended different groups on how they are dealing with climate change using several interventions that were showcased.

“If we conserve the environment, if we are friendly to the environment, we will contribute to good climate,” says part of his statement.

Father Katundu says efforts being conveyed by the Catholic Church in the implementation of Laudato Si is very important to the country.

Father Katundu said the country needs these kinds of demonstrations to reach all people in order for them to conserve the environment thereby minimizing natural disasters which the country is currently facing.

“We are yet to reach out to all the people, especially the Christians in parishes with the message in the Laudato Si,” he concluded.

Some of the stakeholders present at the event include Catholic Women Organisation, Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), TROCAIRE from Ireland, Mbira club from Kasungu, Students from Kasungu L.E.A and other stakeholders.