Catholic bishop raises concerns about environment damage


CATHOLICS Bishops’ Conference secretary for communications and youth Fr Ambrose Pereira represented PNG at the third International Congress on the Care of Creation in Panama.
The theme of the congress was ‘Youth for the Common House’ Ecological conversion in action which was held at the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, Panama City, on January 19. Around 200 young people and animators, representatives of youth ministries in their own countries, dioceses and parishes participated at the Congress.
The talks, while dwelling on the general situation of the world, which have also affected PNG.
During the congress, Pereira said extraction of minerals with no concern for the environment, looming rape of the sea bed and above all the disposal of rubbish and trash, was a concern.
“All this leads to worsening the effect of poverty of our people,” he said.
All the speakers at the congress stressed the need for an ‘ecological conversion’ that will result from a change of life style.
During the conference, the young people proposed the ‘Laudato Si’ Generation – a network of Catholic youth, committed to the challenge of remaining faithful to the teachings of our Holy Father.
The official launch of this new network will be done in the presence of the holy father tomorrow.