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Dear Friends,

Happy Laudato Si' Anniversary!
It is already 5 years since Pope Francis wrote the encyclical letter, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. How time flies! What a journey it has been! Today, we join in Pope Francis' invitation to pray for a better world, especially as we face a global pandemic.

For us at CYNESA, we are filled with gratitude for the many graces that we have received these past 5 years, and for the mission we share with many across the world, of care for our common home. We rededicate ourselves to the journey of ecological conversion, which Saint John Paul II invited us to in 1990 - an invitation that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have reminded us of.
As young Catholics in Africa, we continue to care for our common home, and for each other.
Live Laudato Si'!

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director,
Man! Make A New Deal with Nature: Let It Be!
A reflective consideration of initiatives such as the New Deal for Nature and People, where focus is on halting nature and habitat loss and protecting biodiversity against extinction are really about re-establishing the once-existent harmony with nature. 
By: David N. Munene.
Laudato Si' Takes Root in Africa, but Much Urgent Work Remains:
The fifth anniversary of Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" arrives at a challenging time, especially in Africa, as governments around the world are marshaling resources to address the global pandemic.
By: Allen Ottaro, National Catholic Reporter News.
Keep Environment Central During Pandemic Recovery, Says Young African:
Allen Ottaro, Executive Director CYNESA, spoke to Catholic News Service during Laudato Si’ Week: May 16th-24th celebrations, to mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on “our common home”. 
By: Fredrick Nzwili, CNS.
My History and Commitment with Laudato Si’…
The story still begins well before 2013. In 2011, as I was finishing my second year at the University, a few friends and I, sponsored by a teacher, created the Action for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in South Kivu, DR Congo.
By: Didier Mugalihya.
Laudato Si’, Témoignage Personnel:
J’ai à la fois pris connaissance et conscience avec le Laudato si, depuis 2016, quand j’intégrais le réseau au cours d’une conférence qui avait pour thème : « le changement climatique : données alarmantes, présentation et propositions d’actions à mener pour un environnement sain et durable ».
By: Muzusangabo David.
My Experience with Laudato Si’ as a Response to the Current Global Crisis of COVID-19: 
This incomparable gift from Pope Francis has become my daily anthem and my light when I find myself in darkness and my strength and hope for the better planet. This aligns well with my decision and commitment to be part of the greater movement of Youth working to restore, protect and sustain God’s creation locally, regionally and globally.
By: Eliode Bakole.
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate the #LaudatoSi5 Anniversary! Join thousands of Catholics around the world and unite to protect our common home.
Together, through action and faith, we can solve the ecological crisis.
CYNESA team members from different Chapters share their reflections on Laudato Si', marking the 5th anniversary of the landmark Encyclical Letter.
CYNESA offers the platform through which young Catholics across Africa, respond to the twin challenges of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change, from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on care for creation, paying attention to the most vulnerable.
Please support our work and help us to continue with our Mission as young Catholics responding to the challenges of environmental degradation and climate change in Africa.
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