Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Laudato sì Church: Listening To The Cry Of The Earth

Evil books will be abundant on earth and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening of all that concerns the service of God. They will have great power over Nature: there will be churches built to serve these spirits. People will be transported from one place to another by these evil spirits, even priests, for they will not have been guided by the good spirit of the Gospel which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. On occasions, the dead and the righteous will be brought back to life. (That is to say that these dead will take on the form of righteous souls which had lived on earth, in order to lead men further astray; these so-called resurrected dead, who will be nothing but the devil in this form, will preach another Gospel contrary to that of the true Christ Jesus, denying the existence of Heaven; that is also to say, the souls of the damned. All these souls will appear as if fixed to their bodies). Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)

Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor in Kenya 
Capuchin friar, Benedict Ayodi, heads The Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa. He tells Vatican News about his efforts to share and promote reforestation projects and raise awareness of integral ecology in his country and throughout the continent............

"Laudato sì" 
Fr Ayodi is certain that the path to ecological conversion also passes through local actions. "We have given life, he says, to small groups, Laudato si' Circles at a parish level in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and other countries in Africa: in each one there is a Laudato si' Animator, and twice a month a meeting is held to talk about Pope Francis’ encyclical.” There are also initiatives to clean up parks and other areas of the city and to promote responsible consumption within parishes. “We have begun to help priests and religious in general to promote Laudato si', for example during Sunday homilies," he says. 

The cry of the poor 
The Capuchin friar goes on to say that in collaboration "with Caritas or with Jesuit or Capuchin assistance realities, we work with the street children of the Kibera slum or of other Nairobi slums." He recalls the issue of foreign debt raised in the Pope’s encyclical and speaks of how he and his partners, as well as providing food for the hungry every day, they also encourage women's empowerment, with projects for small entrepreneurial activities. Source

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