Ghanaian Bishop praises Rwandan Environmental Laws
The Catholic News Agency for Africa (CNAA) reports that during the ninth Sacred Heart Congress held in the Konongo-Mampong Diocese of Ghana, Bishop Peter Atuahene of Goaso Diocese called on all Catholics to be merciful to the earth by joining in the fight against the indiscriminate destruction of the environment. The Earth, he said, was under treat and was crying for help.
Bishop Atuahene asked that all be merciful to the earth by avoiding the unprecedented destruction of the environment. He reminded his listeners that all must share responsibility for the protection of the environment which is “God’s handiwork, and protecting it is an indication of being faithful to God.”
The theme of the Congress: ‘Committing the Family to the Mercy of God through the Sacred Heart of Jesus,’ was held from 1-4 September, attended by some 20,000 participants.
Bishop Atuahene urged listeners to become ambassadors of a clean environment, and warned against the persistent pollution of waterways, plastic littering and the careless felling of trees in our forests and savannah area, as well as damage caused by rampant mining operations in towns and villages.
He called on Ghana’s national authorities to find ways of stopping the degradation of the environment and for environmental laws to be enacted effectively. He advised the Ghanaian authorities to learn from Rwanda, which had clean cities due to the enforcement of environmental laws.
Bishopo Atuahene urged Catholics and others to read and practice Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, saying it provided a good resource for all, but most especially, policymakers.
Addressing the Congress on behalf of municipal authorities, Mr. Mohammed Kwadwo Aboasu, chief executive of Mampong, commended delegates for embarking on the spiritual exercise and urged them to show unconditional love to all.
He praised the Catholic Church for its continuous cordial relation with government and urged the faithful to pray for peace and unity during and after the 2016 general elections in Ghana.
The Society of African Missions arrived in Ghana in 1880 and were joined by OLA Sisters in 1883, amongst them Sr Ignatius from Ireland. Today there are 21 SMA missionaries working in Ghana, including two from Ireland.
The full CNAA report can be read here: