The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued his third encyclical “Laudato Si’ Mi Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” on “Care for Our Common Home.”
To read the full text, click http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html
And the Catholic Philly news-site http://catholicphilly.com/2015/06/news/world-news/church-leaders-see-encyclical-as-opening-new-wave-of-climate-action/ quoted the SACBC as follows:
The encyclical will help to bring Africans “to a new understanding of how to deal with environmental issues of great concern to us, such as energy,” Father S’milo Mngadi, communications officer for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said in a June 18 telephone interview from Pretoria.
With the pope’s emphasis on taking responsibility for the environment’s well-being, South Africans will be challenged to do their part in conserving energy, Father Mngadi said.
South Africa’s “electricity crisis cannot be solved simply through price hikes,” he said, noting that “we need to move away from coal and find other sources of energy that are renewable.”
South Africa’s power utility is unable to meet electricity demand and there are scheduled rolling blackouts throughout the country.
The encyclical, which will be translated into local languages and distributed to parishes in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana, “will serve to close the gap between spirituality and environmental responsibility,” Father Mngadi said.
“In South Africa, the focus on spirituality tends make people aloof from day-to-day life,” he said.
“The pope reminds us that we are grounded here on earth,” he said.
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has made a formal submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa challenging the application of Eskom to charge consumers 25% more. The submission states that such a hike will have irreparable damage to the poor whose fundamental human right it is to have electricity. It further states that the food and necessities’ prices will go up and the economy growth will be greatly hampered by such an increase. It recommends a serious look at the efficacy of the Eskom management and the political will, or lack thereof, Eskom has portrayed in the past few years to ensure better life for all.
Kindly read the full submission,
The President should show a greater level of ethical leadership on the Nkandla affair,
The Justice and Peace Commission for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference notes with dismay the determination in the report released by the police minister Nathi Nhleko last week that President Zuma is not liable for any non-security upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla.
There are a lot of legal and constitutional matters that are being contested in relation to the public protector’s report on Nkandla. As Church, our role is to remind our political leaders of their ethical responsibility. In this role, we wish to remind our political leaders that, at a time when millions of our people are struggling to make ends meet, it is morally unjustifiable for the government to spend excessive amounts of money – R246 million – on one person and on non-security items highlighted by the public protector’s report. We therefore urge the president to show ethical leadership and take some responsibility for the runaway expenditure on the Nkandla project.
We are also concerned with the far reaching impact that the Nkandla project will have on the national efforts to end corruption and achieve moral regeneration. We strongly appeal to the government to make sure that the Nkandla saga does not diminish the capacity of the office of the public protector to fight corruption.
Bishop Abel Gabuza,
The chairperson of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Tel. 053 831 1861 or 053 831 1862.