Myanmar’s prominent Catholic Church leader has warned that the world's ecological crisis is being fueled by greed, and that climate change has destructive powers equivalent to those of nuclear weapons. "Today we face an environmental holocaust. It is a scary moment…. Climate change is an atom bomb waiting to explode," Myanmar’s first Cardinal, Charles Bo Archbishop of Yangon said in his keynote speech at the Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious (AMOR) forum in Yangon on Feb. 27. Just over 130 men and women religious attended the forum held at St. Mary's Cathedral compound Feb. 27-March 3.
The 69-year-old cardinal told the forum that greed has unleashed ecological terrorism upon the Earth while adding that the poor are the most affected. He cited Pope Francis' environmental encyclical “Laudato Si' saying that degradation to the environment was being caused by "economic terrorists and ecological terrorists."
The Salesian cardinal spoke on the forum's theme, "Call for Global Ecological Conversion." One of the five objectives of the forum was to undergo in-depth biblico-theological reflection on the challenges posed by “Laudato Si' and the Papal Bull Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy) by which Pope Francis convoked the Jubilee of Mercy.
AMOR was founded in 1972 and was created to enable women religious leaders across Asia to meet every three years to exchange ideas. It is AMOR's first meeting in Myanmar. Impoverished Myanmar is considered the second most vulnerable nation to climate change. (Source: UCAN)