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Ethiopian journalists asked to promote care and protection of the environment

Monday 23 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Addis-Abeba, Brussels, November 23rd, 2015 (SIGNIS/Amecea). The Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS) organized a one day workshop for journalists of secular media on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si.

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A section of participants during the training

Speaking at the event Rev. Fr. Seyoum Fransua, ECS Deputy Secretary General, said that Laudato Si addresses not just the Catholic community but the people of the world. He said “The Encyclical Letter reminds us all of the danger our common home is facing and where it is headed if we do not act as per the responsibility we are given by God to care for all creations. As Journalists you have the responsibility to pass on this message to the people of Ethiopia through your reports.”

The workshop was facilitated by the Social Communications and Public Relations Department of the Secretariat aimed at familiarizing the media personnel with the Catholic Social Teaching on environment. On the same occasion, the efforts, so far taken by the Catholic Church in Ethiopia were discussed in order to protect the environment and contribute to the green economy policy currently being implemented by the government in Ethiopia. Laudato Si was presented to the participants Chapter by Chapter in Amharic by and discussed upon in the Ethiopian context. Fr. Seyoum said such workshops are very important because it promotes the Catholic Church Social Teachings on various issues.

Journalists from public and private media in Ethiopia attended the workshop with active participation. It was organized with the financial support of Church in Need.

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