Inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s 1990 message for World Day of Peace, in which he called for the need to upscale ecological awareness and to find fitting expression in concrete programs and initiatives, young Catholics from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa, drawn from and representing university chaplaincies and parish groups, joined up to respond to this invitation, and to set up the Africa-wide Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in January 2012. CYNESA is - the platform for all young Catholics in Africa, promoting responsible stewardship of the environment!
Education and Awareness Creation
CYNESA is preparing a youth toolkit on climate change that draws from scripture, Ignatian Spirituality, scientific research and Catholic social teaching.
Networking and Advocacy Training
We seek to establish and build relationships with like-minded partners, train young Catholics in advocacy on environmental sustainability, and link different initiatives on the continent.
Encouraging and Supporting Local Action Plans
We endeavor to encourage young people to act in their parishes, schools and within their youth movements by developing appropriate sustainable practices to conserve resources.
CYNESA in Homa Bay Diocese
The CYNESA team in Kenya was in the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay from July 28-31 2018, with a mission to meet young people and share the messages of Laudato Si and care for creation. The team members visiting Homa Bay were David Munene, Hellen Mugo and Celestine Otieno.
CYNESA at the First PaRD General Assembly
CYNESA took part in the first General Assembly of Members of the International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD) which was held from 24 -27 June at the Ecumenical Centre “Château de Bossey” in Switzerland.
Young People Lead the Way at the Laudato Si Conference
“Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis, and the sufferings of the excluded.” These words from paragraph 13 of the encyclical Laudato Si’, came alive in a unique way at the Vatican summit marking the…
Pope Francis: Our Planet Needs Urgent Repair
In his address to participants of the international conference on the third anniversary of Laudato Si, Pope Francis, highlighted the urgent need to respond to the encyclical’s call for change, for an ecological conversion. “Here we can think back on the call that Francis of Assisi received from the Lord…