- Jan 28, 2020
A top Vatican official urged young people at a local World Youth Day gathering to protect the planet and actively live the teachings of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment.
With widespread concern over corruption and environmental neglect in Ghana, the Church has launched a national project to help clean up the country.
The problem of international firms, governments and sometimes even individuals acquiring large areas of land was the focus of a special two-day Annual Learning and Review Meeting on ‘Land Grabbing’ at the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra, Ghana, on Dec. 19–20.
The Catholic Church in Ghana is calling on the government to end the practice of illegal gold mining, which bishops call a “menace” that has “plagued our nation.”
Archbishop Philip Naameh, president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, spoke at the bishops’ assembly about new trends affecting families in the country: “Teenage and single parenthood, poor or irresponsible parenting, separate households and distant marriages that make couples live apart, and in some cases far away from each other and relatives.”
Church leaders are liaising with traditional tribal leaders, NGOs and the relevant government departments to end the practice of child marriage in Ghana. According to UNICEF, the UN’s children’s agency, 39 percent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before 18, and 12 percent are married before the age of 15.