Happy and blessed Easter!
The last couple of months have for us at CYNESA, been filled with many activities and encounters, but also with reminders, some tragic, of the urgency of the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”.
In mid-March, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, destroying about 90 percent of the city of Beira. Parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi were also affected, and continue to bear the brunt of the destruction, with reports of outbreaks of water borne diseases. In Kenya, the weatherman recently announced that we may not experience the long rains this season. Severe drought and famine is already a reality in parts of the country and it seems the situation will worsen before it gets better.
We sent a strong delegation to the 4th
UN Environment Assembly – which for the first time, had a dedicated space for faith-based organizations- the Faith4Earth tent. The Arrupe Jesuit Institute in Accra, Ghana, played host to a CYNESA delegation, and together worked towards the setting up of CYNESA Ghana, our first chapter in West Africa. Planning for our 5th
anniversary and the 4th
anniversary of Laudato Si, is also at advanced stages. All these are signs of hope that the resurrection brings forth.
As Catholic Ecology reminded us in 2012, “let us pray, then, that throughout the Easter Season, all Christians will reflect on the Resurrection accounts and see the great good of creation that sustains us all.”
Founding Executive Director,