The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), the association of Catholic bishops of Africa, Madagascar and the Islands, has elected His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Ghana as its new president.
Download more audio: https://bit.ly/3zmT4Us His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr is now the highest ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa.
The B-roll video, photos, sound clips and interviews in English, French and Portuguese are available to the media free of charge and can be used without restriction and permission: https://bit.ly/SECAM– PDT See the interview of His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, New President of SECAM: https://bit.ly/3zi4xok See the B-roll: https://bit.ly/3S8725b The election took place in Accra, Ghana, during the 19th SECAM Plenary Assembly, in which 130 participants, including cardinals and bishops representing more than 600 Catholic bishops from Africa, came from all corners of the continent.
The new president succeeds his Eminence Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso. Another Cardinal, His Eminence Fridolin Besungu Ambongo of the Archdiocese of Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was elected First Vice President, while Monsignor Lucio Andrice Muandula of the Diocese of Xai Xai, in Mozambique, was elected Second Vice President.
The new president of SECAM, His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, was created a Cardinal on May 29, 2022 by Pope Francis and will be officially installed as a Cardinal on August 27, 2022.
This is the first time since the establishment of SECAM, 53 years ago.
that a Ghanaian has been elected president of SECAM.
SECAM, established in 1969 in Kampala, Uganda during the visit of Pope Paul VI, was born out of the desire of the African Catholic bishops present at the Second Vatican Council to speak with one voice on matters related to the Church in Africa.
The Symposium, based in Accra, consists of eight regional associations: – Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC).
– Association of Episcopal Conferences of the Central African Region (ACERAC).
– Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).
More information on the XIX SECAM Plenary Assembly: https://bit.ly/3yIv8KD Signed: Monsignor Emmanuel A.
Badejo President, Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS-SECAM)