Bishop John Ryan of the Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu has called on the faithful to respect God’s nature arguing that doing so highlights one’s loyalty to the Creator.
His Grace, Ryan made the call on Sunday at St. Paul’s Parish in Mzimba where he led thousands of Catholic faithful of the Diocese in a Eucharistic Celebration to end the year of mercy.
Pope Francis, the Catholic Church Supreme Pontiff, declared the year 2015 to 2016 as a year of mercy.
Ryan said it was sad that people “no longer respect” nature and God’s creation.
“It was disheartening to see bushfires in the Chikangawa Forest as we travelled to this place. We must learn and ask for God’s grace to respect nature,” Ryan told congregants.
He argued that because of lack of respect for nature, that is why some quarters are now advocating for the legalisation of abortion in the country.
But he retaliated the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) stance that the Catholic Church still says “no” to the notion.
The Bishop then announced a donation of 50 000 tree seedlings to St Paul’s Parish for planting.
He also asked the faithful to be responsible about their surroundings, saying the beauty and magnificence of God must always be reflected.
After the mass, Bishop Ryan and his entourage cheered the sick at Mzimba District Hospital where they gave a variety of gifts to the sick.