Murang’a-Kenya, VNA – The Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) has engaged the Colleges and University Students Association (CUSA) on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home).
The move formed part of activities marking 13 years of existence of CUSA, an initiative of the Bishop of the Dioceses of Murang’a, Most Rev. James Maria Wainaina Kungu.
On August 20, 2022, CUSA marked its 13th anniversary. It is in view of this that the Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Murichu invited the Kenya chapter of CYNESA to deliberate with CUSA on concerns raised by Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato Si’ and their role in responding to the trio planetary crisis facing the world.
The team from CYNESA comprising programs manager, David Munene, Mercy Wambui, Maggie Mungai, Elizabeth Kamau, Peter Thini and Alphonce Muia delivered a session on CYNESA’s work, the message of Laudato Si’ and the role of international cooperation in addressing environmental challenges.
The team also led a tree planting session at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral grounds and later joined CUSA for Mass celebrated by Very Rev.Fr.Charles Kibe, the vicar general of the Diocese.
In 2009, Bishop Wainaina Kungu created CUSA, bringing together university and college students from the Diocese and making them involved in the Diocese’s programs as they embark on their academic exploits in other Dioceses.
Every year, the Students have an annual general meeting during which the Bishop celebrates mass, blesses them and send them to be good ambassadors/missionaries of the Catholic Dioceses of Murang’a in their higher institutions of learning.
In the 2015 Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis draws attention to focus on care for the natural environment and all people, as well as broader questions about the relationship between God, humans, and the Earth.