The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD), Cardinal Michael Czerny, is visiting Benin on January 17-20, 2024.
Upon his arrival, Cardinal Czerny was received by the Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Archbishop Mark Miles, and by the Bishops of the country. At that time, the Prefect encouraged his hearers to commit to the work that we are called to, as expressed in Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’, saying: "I hope that the members of the church, in fact all people, will be strengthened in this vocation which we share, towards each of us, especially for the poorest, and also for future generations, and all of those for whom we have a great responsibility."
He added, "I am interested in knowing what the specific challenges here are; the environmental concerns, but in terms of social justice, because the poor are the first victims of the ecological disaster that we are living through and that we have caused."
On January 18, he visited the nonprofit health center, Saint Jean, in Cotonou where he met with the staff who provide many needed medical services for the people.