News News Definitors, News Friars, News Missions, News
30 July 2022

Burundi-Rwanda: Laudato si’ session: an experience of “everything is connected” and contemplation

From Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 of May 2022, the Community of Discalced Carmelites of Gitega hosted about fifty young people studying in secondary and university institutes in the cities of Bujumbura and Gitega.

They came to live together an experience of prayer, study and contemplation, on the occasion of the session that promoted the protection of creation in these days in which the 7th anniversary of the encyclical letter “Laudato si” of Pope Francis is commemorated. The aim was to raise public awareness of the urgency of protecting and promoting the environment following the Stockholm Convention (1972), the Rio Declaration (1992), the Convention on Biological Diversity (1993), the Johannesburg Declaration (2002), the Encyclical Letter “Laudato si'” (2015). This session is part of a continuous effort to achieve a state of spirit and operational programs that take into account the environmental imperative, if we do not want to be guilty of having hindered the flow of life in all living beings.

The Community of Carmelites of Gitega is financially supported by the Diocese of Stockholm (Sweden), which we thank from the bottom of our hearts. We are also grateful to the Definitor General of the Order, Father Jean-Baptiste Pagabeleguem, who took part in the entire session.