Bishop Bernard Unabali

Bishop Bernard Unabali

November 19, 2012

The link between respecting the environment and the sacramental life of the Church is inseparable for one bishop overseeing a diocese that encompasses a collection of small islands in the South Pacific.

Bishop Bernard Unabali of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, considers the link so unfaltering that when he baptizes a new member of the Church or confirms someone or even when he ordains a priest, he asks individuals to plant 10 trees as a way to give rise to new life.

Such an act of faith, he told Catholic News Service Nov. 8, is one way he prayerfully encourages people to help stem the rapid pace of climate change.