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Ghanaian bishop urges Africans to learn from Laudato Si’

A Ghanaian bishop urged Catholic leaders from Africa to use Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ as the basis of their work and to encourage others involved in ecological work to do the same.

“There is much such agents could learn from the papal document,” said Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu of Ho, Ghana, who opened the 21st-23rd February conference, sponsored by the moral theology department of Tangaza University College and the Missionaries of Africa.

“If you like, you can qualify the encyclical as ecumenical, as it cuts across the existing religious beliefs,” the bishop said.

The three-day conference was attended by 250 delegates, including priests, nuns and laypeople.

Bishop Fianu told Catholic News Service that episcopal conferences had been given leeway “as when and how best to implement the contents of the papal document.”

Picture: Women in Kibwezi, Kenya, carry firewood collected from dead and fallen tree branches in this 2014 file photo. A Ghanaian bishop urged Catholic leaders from around Africa to use Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ as the basis of their work and to encourage others involve in ecological work to do the same. (CNS photo/Daniel Irungu, EPA).