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Dear Friends,

It is my great pleasure to present this final edition of the CYNESA e-newsletter for the year 2020.
In the last few weeks, news of success in the development of Covid-19 vaccines have renewed hope that the beginning of the end of the pandemic is nigh. This is certainly good news. It is also an important moment to remind ourselves of the need to examine the root causes of pandemics, what we have learnt from the experience of the year 2020, and what we must change to ensure a healthy planet that can take care of us all. This means rededicating our efforts to tackle the ecological crisis.

The vaccine to the climate and biodiversity crisis lies in reconciling with the earth. In this edition, we also pay tribute to Fr. Emil Blaser, OP, who passed away on November 16th. Fr. Emil was a friend to us at CYNESA, and hosted our team on various occasions during visits to Johannesburg.

Finally, a word of gratitude to you all for your support, friendship, partnership and encouragement during this most challenging year. We look forward to continue bringing Laudato Si' to life, especially among young Catholics across the African continent, during this special anniversary year.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas season and a very happy and healthy new year, 2021!

Allen Ottaro,
Founding Executive Director,
CYNESA.
FEATURED BLOGS
Youth and Laudato Si in the Great Lakes Region of Africa:
The Jesuit Urumuri Centre in Kigali hosts the ‘International Conference on Youth Engagement in the Great Lakes Region of Africa’, marking the 5th anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si’.
By: Allen Ottaro.
 
The Catholic Social Teaching:
In our contemporary era, unlike any other eras in the history of mankind, the cry of the environment resounds loudly than ever. The environment laments of the devaluing attitudes and actions of man towards nature, which is essential to human health, well-being, and prosperity.
By: Fr. Innocent Akum, MHM
 
CYNESA Cameroon Mobilizes Parishioners for Clean-up:
The Season of Creation provided an opportune moment for CYNESA Cameroon team, led by Fr. Innocent Akum, MHM, to organize a clean-up activity in their community, in Archangel Raphael Parish, Bojongo, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala.
Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week 2020:
Antimicrobial Resistance occurs when in human health, a person either is prescribed antibiotics when they do not need them for example when one has a flu or a cold ( virus) and they are prescribed with antibiotics which are effective in treating bacterial infection.
By: Tafara R. Dandadzi.
Tribute to Fr. Emil Blaser, OP.
On 16th November 2020, the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, announced the news of the demise of Fr. Emil Blaser, OP. Fr. Emil, a Dominican priest, was a prominent voice in Catholic media circles in Southern Africa, as the founder of Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station in Southern Africa.
 
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