By Augustine Kambuzi Banda
Catholic Reverend Bishop John Alphonsus Ryan of Mzuzu Diocese has appealed to all Malawians to take a leading role in conserving the environment.
Speaking at his homily at St Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi during the Eucharistic celebration of St Patrick, the patron saint of the seminary, Bishop Ryansays people have a role to play in taking care of the environment. According to Bishop Ryan, the environment is deterioratingat an alarming rate, a thing which is causing climate change and a negative impact on humans.
Bishop John Ryan: watering a tree he planted at St Patrick’s Seminary-Rumphi (photo-Kambuzi)
“Ourworld is crying out for healing. We have destroyed the once-beautiful environment that God created and this has negatively affected us as we are experiencing erratic rainfall.” Said Ryan.
The Bishop further urged seminarians to work hard in their studies in order to be responsible citizens in the future on conserving the environment.
Since hisconsecration as Bishop ofMzuzu Diocese about a year ago, Bishop Ryan has been a flag carrier on conserving the environment. He has launched a number of tree planting exercises in different places, the latest of which was at Nkhamenya.