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  •   The Head of the Catholic Church in Africa www Vatican va His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo concluded his three day official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai As President of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org HE Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo is the highest ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa At Expo 2020 Dubai Cardinal Ou draogo visited the African Union Pavilion and the South African Burkina Faso and Senegal pavilions He also visited the Pavilion of the Holy See The following is a statement from His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Wherever Christians go their pastors must be there too Therefore it is a duty and an honor for us pastors of the Church of Jesus Christ to visit Expo Dubai where the theme Connecting minds building the future it is perfectly in line with the reflections of the synodal process https bit ly 3BNNqvg initiated by Pope Francis for the universal church At this meeting in Dubai we had nothing to buy or sell It was a meeting of giving and receiving of dialogue and fraternity That is why it is with enthusiasm gratitude and hope that we have embarked on this journey to Dubai as a pilgrimage This visit was full of enriching encounters and allowed us to thank and encourage the African Union Commission for all its efforts to heal and protect the image and imagination of Africa A wounded and sick image of a bruised continent where some multinationals come to exploit resources and wealth often to the detriment of people who languish under the weight of misery Although the Catholic Church works for eternal happiness we often find ourselves in the front line facing and trying to combat many social challenges such as education health environmental protection fundamental human rights commitment to the poorest reconciliation Justice peace May the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Lady of Africa and Saint Joseph protector of the universal Church intercede for the Church Family of God in Africa and Madagascar and for the whole world that God loves
    Head of the Catholic Church in Africa concludes official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai
      The Head of the Catholic Church in Africa www Vatican va His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo concluded his three day official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai As President of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org HE Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo is the highest ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa At Expo 2020 Dubai Cardinal Ou draogo visited the African Union Pavilion and the South African Burkina Faso and Senegal pavilions He also visited the Pavilion of the Holy See The following is a statement from His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Wherever Christians go their pastors must be there too Therefore it is a duty and an honor for us pastors of the Church of Jesus Christ to visit Expo Dubai where the theme Connecting minds building the future it is perfectly in line with the reflections of the synodal process https bit ly 3BNNqvg initiated by Pope Francis for the universal church At this meeting in Dubai we had nothing to buy or sell It was a meeting of giving and receiving of dialogue and fraternity That is why it is with enthusiasm gratitude and hope that we have embarked on this journey to Dubai as a pilgrimage This visit was full of enriching encounters and allowed us to thank and encourage the African Union Commission for all its efforts to heal and protect the image and imagination of Africa A wounded and sick image of a bruised continent where some multinationals come to exploit resources and wealth often to the detriment of people who languish under the weight of misery Although the Catholic Church works for eternal happiness we often find ourselves in the front line facing and trying to combat many social challenges such as education health environmental protection fundamental human rights commitment to the poorest reconciliation Justice peace May the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Lady of Africa and Saint Joseph protector of the universal Church intercede for the Church Family of God in Africa and Madagascar and for the whole world that God loves
    Head of the Catholic Church in Africa concludes official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai
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    Head of the Catholic Church in Africa concludes official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Head of the Catholic Church in Africa (www.Vatican.va), His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, concluded his three-day official visit to Expo 2020 Dubai.

    As President of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), HE Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa.

    At Expo 2020 Dubai, Cardinal Ouédraogo visited the African Union Pavilion and the South African, Burkina Faso and Senegal pavilions. He also visited the Pavilion of the Holy See.

    The following is a statement from His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM):

    "Wherever Christians go, their pastors must be there too. Therefore, it is a duty and an honor for us, pastors of the Church of Jesus Christ, to visit Expo Dubai, where the theme: "Connecting minds, building the future" it is perfectly in line with the reflections of the synodal process (https://bit.ly/3BNNqvg) initiated by Pope Francis for the universal church.

    At this meeting in Dubai, we had nothing to buy or sell. It was a meeting of giving and receiving, of dialogue and fraternity. That is why it is with enthusiasm, gratitude and hope that we have embarked on this journey to Dubai as a pilgrimage.

    This visit was full of enriching encounters and allowed us to thank and encourage the African Union Commission for all its efforts to heal and protect the image and imagination of Africa. A wounded and sick image of a bruised continent, where some multinationals come to exploit resources and wealth, often to the detriment of people who languish under the weight of misery...

    Although the Catholic Church works for eternal happiness, we often find ourselves in the front line, facing and trying to combat many social challenges, such as: education, health, environmental protection, fundamental human rights, commitment to the poorest, reconciliation , Justice. , peace...

    May the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Lady of Africa and Saint Joseph protector of the universal Church intercede for the Church Family of God in Africa and Madagascar, and for the whole world that God loves.

  •  Catholic bishops in Africa under the aegis of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM have raised concerns on the growing impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and appealed to bilateral and multilateral groups on fashioning out sustainable economic recovery measures This is contained in a statement signed by the president SECAM Cardinal Philippe Quedraogo and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa The bishops in the statement said that Africa was currently low on resources in the fight against the pandemic They said that the lack of safety kits for those working in the informal sector had caused them to suspend their activities due to the lockdown The catholic bishops in the statement pleaded for the massive cancellation of debts of African countries to enable them revive their economies Undoubtedly initiatives have already been taken in the management of the impact of the pandemic but substantial aid needs to be given to some countries to support the establishment of quality health systems Also to promote the emergence of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs aimed at easing unemployment problem and to support food security Africa is a major supplier of raw materials to industrialized countries Therefore we call upon large companies which exploit these raw materials to make significant contributions to the host countries to enable them provide basic social services to citizens in need Since a race is currently engaged in developed countries to find a remedy for COVID 19 business communities and pharmaceutical companies should not exploit the situation to make profit but join in efforts to care for the vulnerable the statement said SECAM also called on the African Union to sensitize member countries on contributing to the creation of a Solidarity Fund which could be used to improve the health of the populations We urge African leaders to ensure that the limited available resources be used to assist those who really need help especially the poorest of the poor Resources should not end in the pockets of the politically connected through corrupt practices The church institutions directly involved in this fight should also remain steadfast and work with other non religious institutions in the promotion of good heath for all people of Africa and Madagascar It reiterated in the statement that no country had been spared from the ills of the pandemic including developed countries where the health systems and facilities are known to be efficient In addition the group said that the rate of spread was such that one could expect an explosion of cases of contamination in places where social distancing measures are difficult to adhere to We have seen that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of COVID 19 most governments have adopted drastic measures such as the closure of borders and lockdowns In Africa the measures have been more or less followed but its application has been difficult for most people who struggle every day for survival by carrying out activities in the informal sector Judging from its devastating effects it can be said without doubt that the consequences of the pandemic are tragic On the economic level recession is evident due to the shutdown of activities especially in key production sectors the tourism sector air transport and the hotel industry The social explosion is to be feared in many countries and in particular Africa that is already burdened with debt and where unemployment continues to impoverish the populations read the statement According to the bishops for those in the grip of anguish it is easy to believe that the pandemic is a punishment from God They said that even a sift through the scriptures revealed that God is the creator of the world and is not only in full control of creation but also cannot turn against his own creation Being created in the image and likeness of God implies that there is an imprint of God in each person and COVID 19 cannot separate anyone from the love of God In these days of the pandemic the Holy Spirit is working through frontline workers who are risking their lives to save others including priests who are trying to help and support everyone The tool we urgently need is prayer for God to deepen our faith and trust in him Faith and prayer are equally part of Africa s spiritual heritage which can assist us to find meaning in life and they are similarly pillars for building a civilization of love We appreciate the efforts that have been made by the respective governments to contain the brutal spread of the virus on the continent We also thank all the health professionals and religious nuns who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick they said The bishops also called on Africans to reactivate the value of solidarity that had been shapong societies to better face the impact of the pandemic and to be able to turn their economies around OMB PAD Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    COVID-19: Catholic bishops appeal to bilateral and multilateral groups on economic recovery
     Catholic bishops in Africa under the aegis of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM have raised concerns on the growing impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and appealed to bilateral and multilateral groups on fashioning out sustainable economic recovery measures This is contained in a statement signed by the president SECAM Cardinal Philippe Quedraogo and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa The bishops in the statement said that Africa was currently low on resources in the fight against the pandemic They said that the lack of safety kits for those working in the informal sector had caused them to suspend their activities due to the lockdown The catholic bishops in the statement pleaded for the massive cancellation of debts of African countries to enable them revive their economies Undoubtedly initiatives have already been taken in the management of the impact of the pandemic but substantial aid needs to be given to some countries to support the establishment of quality health systems Also to promote the emergence of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs aimed at easing unemployment problem and to support food security Africa is a major supplier of raw materials to industrialized countries Therefore we call upon large companies which exploit these raw materials to make significant contributions to the host countries to enable them provide basic social services to citizens in need Since a race is currently engaged in developed countries to find a remedy for COVID 19 business communities and pharmaceutical companies should not exploit the situation to make profit but join in efforts to care for the vulnerable the statement said SECAM also called on the African Union to sensitize member countries on contributing to the creation of a Solidarity Fund which could be used to improve the health of the populations We urge African leaders to ensure that the limited available resources be used to assist those who really need help especially the poorest of the poor Resources should not end in the pockets of the politically connected through corrupt practices The church institutions directly involved in this fight should also remain steadfast and work with other non religious institutions in the promotion of good heath for all people of Africa and Madagascar It reiterated in the statement that no country had been spared from the ills of the pandemic including developed countries where the health systems and facilities are known to be efficient In addition the group said that the rate of spread was such that one could expect an explosion of cases of contamination in places where social distancing measures are difficult to adhere to We have seen that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of COVID 19 most governments have adopted drastic measures such as the closure of borders and lockdowns In Africa the measures have been more or less followed but its application has been difficult for most people who struggle every day for survival by carrying out activities in the informal sector Judging from its devastating effects it can be said without doubt that the consequences of the pandemic are tragic On the economic level recession is evident due to the shutdown of activities especially in key production sectors the tourism sector air transport and the hotel industry The social explosion is to be feared in many countries and in particular Africa that is already burdened with debt and where unemployment continues to impoverish the populations read the statement According to the bishops for those in the grip of anguish it is easy to believe that the pandemic is a punishment from God They said that even a sift through the scriptures revealed that God is the creator of the world and is not only in full control of creation but also cannot turn against his own creation Being created in the image and likeness of God implies that there is an imprint of God in each person and COVID 19 cannot separate anyone from the love of God In these days of the pandemic the Holy Spirit is working through frontline workers who are risking their lives to save others including priests who are trying to help and support everyone The tool we urgently need is prayer for God to deepen our faith and trust in him Faith and prayer are equally part of Africa s spiritual heritage which can assist us to find meaning in life and they are similarly pillars for building a civilization of love We appreciate the efforts that have been made by the respective governments to contain the brutal spread of the virus on the continent We also thank all the health professionals and religious nuns who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick they said The bishops also called on Africans to reactivate the value of solidarity that had been shapong societies to better face the impact of the pandemic and to be able to turn their economies around OMB PAD Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    COVID-19: Catholic bishops appeal to bilateral and multilateral groups on economic recovery
    Metro3 years ago

    COVID-19: Catholic bishops appeal to bilateral and multilateral groups on economic recovery

    Catholic bishops in Africa under the aegis of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have  raised concerns on the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed to bilateral and multilateral groups on fashioning out sustainable economic recovery measures .

    This is contained in a statement signed by the president SECAM, Cardinal Philippe Quedraogo, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .

    SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English, French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa.

    The bishops, in the statement, said that Africa was currently low on resources in the fight against the pandemic.

    They said that the lack of safety kits for those working in the informal sector had caused them to suspend their activities due to the lockdown.

    The catholic bishops in the statement, pleaded for the massive cancellation of debts of African countries to enable them revive their economies.

    “Undoubtedly, initiatives have already been taken in the management of the impact of the pandemic but substantial aid needs to be given to some countries to support the establishment of quality health systems.

    “Also, to promote the emergence of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aimed at easing unemployment problem; and to support food security.

    “Africa is a major supplier of raw materials to industrialized countries.

    “Therefore, we call upon large companies which exploit these raw materials to make significant contributions to the host countries to enable them provide basic social services to citizens in need.

    “Since a race is currently engaged in developed countries to find a remedy for COVID-19, business communities and pharmaceutical companies should not exploit the situation to make profit but join in efforts to care for the vulnerable,”  the statement said.

    SECAM also called on the African Union to sensitize member countries on contributing to the creation of a Solidarity Fund, which could be used to improve the health of the populations.

    “We urge African leaders to ensure that the limited available resources be used to assist those who really need help, especially, the poorest of the poor.

    “Resources should not end in the pockets of the politically connected through corrupt practices.

    “The church institutions directly involved in this fight should also remain steadfast and work with other non-religious institutions in the promotion of good heath for all people of Africa and Madagascar.”

    It  reiterated in the statement that no country had been  spared from the ills of the pandemic, including developed countries where the health systems and facilities are known to be efficient.

    In addition, the group said that the rate of spread was such that one could expect an explosion of cases of contamination in places where social distancing measures are difficult to adhere to.

    “We have seen that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19, most governments have adopted drastic measures such as the closure of borders and lockdowns

    “In Africa, the measures have been more or less followed, but its application has been difficult for most people who struggle every day for survival by carrying out activities in the informal sector.

    “Judging from its devastating effects, it can be said without doubt that the consequences of the pandemic are tragic.

    “On the economic level, recession is evident due to the shutdown of activities, especially, in key production sectors, the tourism sector, air transport and the hotel industry.

    “The social explosion is to be feared in many countries, and in particular, Africa that is already burdened with debt and where unemployment continues to impoverish the populations,” read the statement.

    According to the bishops, for those in the grip of anguish, it is easy to believe that the pandemic is a punishment from God.

    They said that even a sift through the scriptures revealed that God is the creator of the world and is not only in full control of creation, but also cannot turn against his own creation.

    “Being created in the image and likeness of God implies that there is an imprint of God in each person and COVID-19 cannot separate anyone from the love of God.

    “In these days of the pandemic, the Holy Spirit is working through frontline workers who are risking their lives to save others, including priests who are trying to help and support everyone.

    “The tool we urgently need is prayer for God to deepen our faith and trust in him.

    “Faith and prayer are equally part of Africa’s spiritual heritage, which can assist us to find meaning in life and they are similarly pillars for building “a civilization of love”.

    “We appreciate the efforts that have been made by the respective governments to contain the brutal spread of the virus on the continent.

    “We also thank all the health professionals and religious nuns who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick,” they said.

    The bishops also called on Africans to reactivate the value of solidarity that had been shapong  societies to better face the impact of the pandemic and to be able to turn their  economies around.

    OMB/ PAD


    Edited By: Peter Dada (NAN)

  •  It was made available to journalists by Faustina Angmor the Communications Officer of SECAM Secretariat in Accra Ghana SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa The bishops in the statement also advised the public to adhere strictly to the instructions being given by both the civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding the novel coronavirus The statement said We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found In the meantime we strongly urge our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb the spread of this disease We also ask that they pray for those infected and affected by this disease and for a quick end to the scourge of the coronavirus the statement said The bishops also suggested prayers that their faithful could say for a quick end to the virus thus Almighty and merciful Father who shows your love to all creation we come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world Grant healing to the sick eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found We pray for the relevant Governments and Health Authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our fallings We ask this through our Lord Jesus The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 3 000 people worldwide had died from COVID 19 and no fewer than 100 000 others had been infected in no less than 45 countries across the world NAN also reports that the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire on Monday at a news conference at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital announced a second confirmed case of COVID 19 in Nigeria The minister said that the second case of the novel coronavirus is a contact of the index case found in Ogun The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Jan 7 2020 and other cases had since been confirmed in over 80 countries across the globe The World Health Organisation WHO had since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said while China had a robust health system to detect and control his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering countries with weak systems Almost all African governments had publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially at their airports Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Algeria Tunisia Morocco Egypt Senegal and Nigeria Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    COVID-19: Catholic bishops of Africa raise concerns, compose prayers for faithful
     It was made available to journalists by Faustina Angmor the Communications Officer of SECAM Secretariat in Accra Ghana SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa The bishops in the statement also advised the public to adhere strictly to the instructions being given by both the civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding the novel coronavirus The statement said We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found In the meantime we strongly urge our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb the spread of this disease We also ask that they pray for those infected and affected by this disease and for a quick end to the scourge of the coronavirus the statement said The bishops also suggested prayers that their faithful could say for a quick end to the virus thus Almighty and merciful Father who shows your love to all creation we come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world Grant healing to the sick eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found We pray for the relevant Governments and Health Authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our fallings We ask this through our Lord Jesus The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 3 000 people worldwide had died from COVID 19 and no fewer than 100 000 others had been infected in no less than 45 countries across the world NAN also reports that the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire on Monday at a news conference at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital announced a second confirmed case of COVID 19 in Nigeria The minister said that the second case of the novel coronavirus is a contact of the index case found in Ogun The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Jan 7 2020 and other cases had since been confirmed in over 80 countries across the globe The World Health Organisation WHO had since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said while China had a robust health system to detect and control his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering countries with weak systems Almost all African governments had publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially at their airports Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Algeria Tunisia Morocco Egypt Senegal and Nigeria Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    COVID-19: Catholic bishops of Africa raise concerns, compose prayers for faithful
    Metro3 years ago

    COVID-19: Catholic bishops of Africa raise concerns, compose prayers for faithful

    It was made available to journalists by Faustina Angmor, the Communications Officer of SECAM Secretariat in Accra, Ghana. SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English, French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa.The bishops in the statement also advised the public to adhere strictly to the instructions being given by both the civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding the novel coronavirus.The statement said, “We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found.“In the meantime, we strongly urge our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb the spread of this disease.“We also ask that they pray for those infected and affected by this disease and for a quick end to the scourge of the coronavirus,” the statement said.The bishops also suggested prayers that their faithful could say for a quick end to the virus thus:“Almighty and merciful Father, who shows your love to all creation, we come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.“Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.“Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.“We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.“We pray for the relevant Governments and Health Authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.“ Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our fallings.“We ask this through our Lord Jesus.’’The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 3,000 people worldwide had died from COVID-19 and no fewer than 100,000 others had been infected in no less than 45 countries across the world.NAN also reports that the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Monday at a news conference at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, announced a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.The minister said that the second case of the novel coronavirus is a contact of the index case found in Ogun.The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Jan. 7, 2020 and  other cases had  since been confirmed in over 80 countries across the globe.The World Health Organisation, WHO, had since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions.WHO chief, Tedros Ghebereyesus, said while China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering countries with weak systems.Almost all African governments had publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially at their airports. Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria.Edited By: Peter Dada (NAN)

  •  The Pan African Catholic Congress has resolved to use dialogical approach for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions in Africa by identifying with the downtrodden The conference made the resolution in a communiqu issued in Enugu on Monday at the end of the first ever Pan African Catholic Congress held in the state by the church The principal convener of the conference Rev Fr Stan Ilo signed the communiqu which was read by the Chairman Communiqu Drafting Committee Rev Fr Ifeanyi Enwerem Ilo explained that dialogical approach included doing theology through the experience of women and other marginalised group enculturation and being in dialogue with other religions present in Africa social science and other disciplines He noted that dialogical approach demanded reading understanding interpreting and responding to the signs of the times adding that they declared the commitment to be with God s people in their places of fear pain joy and hope The professor of Theology said that they gathered to reflect on the future of the church in Africa and their roles as theologians and scholars in developing the prophetic role of the gospel in the continent Ilo said that the congress created a sacred space of palaver where it celebrated and shared in the joy filled stories of their people s faith in Christ manifestation of love to one another the hopes and dreams of their youths He pointed out that the anxieties of the people and the groans of one another in Africa for many lives being lost through avoidable deaths preventable wars food insecurity immigration endemic diseases and poverty continued to take a huge toll on Africa We propose a new way of pastoral praxis in Africa This entails a vision of shared leadership participatory ministries pastoral solidarity mutual sharing in each other s talent and gifts beyond the present clerical hierarchical and patriarchal structure and system We propose a dialogical praxis between church and society to do this we must develop among other things greater historical consciousness and deepen our understanding of the contemporary cultural religious socio political and economic realities of our people as well as deepening our understanding of the traditions of our church We identify with the cries of God s people in their continent the poor the voiceless the marginalized the unloved and the forgotten We commit ourselves to work with the church leaders and peoples in the search for concrete and transformative proposals for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions We identify with the plan of the church in Africa to realise the goal of missionary conversion set out by Pope Francis so that the church in Africa would truly become the spiritual lung of Catholicism on an integral mission of Africa and beyond We therefore affirm at this congress unfailing desire to accompany the church family of God in Africa by seeking together the ways and means through which Africa theology pastoral plans and projects in our dioceses parishes religious communities catholic social agencies and all channels of evangelism in the continent he said He expressed dismay that the hopes of their fathers and mothers for the church and society in Africa was far from being realised Ilo noted that things were getting worse as there was a growing gulf between their faith life rich and the poor in their church and society He also noted that it was evident at the congress that the church and continent were facing signs of fragmentation and disconnection at both the level of intellectual and spiritual lives Ilo said that the congress observed that things continued to fall apart in the quality of life of Africans in spite of the fact that the continent had the highest growth rate in the Catholic Church He said the congress acknowledged that sometimes their theologies had been far removed from the contexts and had not helped to deepen the faith of their people and the transformation of society As members of the family of God in Africa we pray and resolve to form a pan African catholic theology and pastoral network that will meet biennially to assess our journey he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 700 participants including clerics laity women and men as well as the youth from various African countries attended the conference which held in Enugu from Dec 5 to Dec 8 The theme of the congress is What must we do to perform the works of God The congress was convened by the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar SECAM established 50 years ago Edited by Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    Catholic Congress recommends dialogical approach for church reformation in Africa
     The Pan African Catholic Congress has resolved to use dialogical approach for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions in Africa by identifying with the downtrodden The conference made the resolution in a communiqu issued in Enugu on Monday at the end of the first ever Pan African Catholic Congress held in the state by the church The principal convener of the conference Rev Fr Stan Ilo signed the communiqu which was read by the Chairman Communiqu Drafting Committee Rev Fr Ifeanyi Enwerem Ilo explained that dialogical approach included doing theology through the experience of women and other marginalised group enculturation and being in dialogue with other religions present in Africa social science and other disciplines He noted that dialogical approach demanded reading understanding interpreting and responding to the signs of the times adding that they declared the commitment to be with God s people in their places of fear pain joy and hope The professor of Theology said that they gathered to reflect on the future of the church in Africa and their roles as theologians and scholars in developing the prophetic role of the gospel in the continent Ilo said that the congress created a sacred space of palaver where it celebrated and shared in the joy filled stories of their people s faith in Christ manifestation of love to one another the hopes and dreams of their youths He pointed out that the anxieties of the people and the groans of one another in Africa for many lives being lost through avoidable deaths preventable wars food insecurity immigration endemic diseases and poverty continued to take a huge toll on Africa We propose a new way of pastoral praxis in Africa This entails a vision of shared leadership participatory ministries pastoral solidarity mutual sharing in each other s talent and gifts beyond the present clerical hierarchical and patriarchal structure and system We propose a dialogical praxis between church and society to do this we must develop among other things greater historical consciousness and deepen our understanding of the contemporary cultural religious socio political and economic realities of our people as well as deepening our understanding of the traditions of our church We identify with the cries of God s people in their continent the poor the voiceless the marginalized the unloved and the forgotten We commit ourselves to work with the church leaders and peoples in the search for concrete and transformative proposals for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions We identify with the plan of the church in Africa to realise the goal of missionary conversion set out by Pope Francis so that the church in Africa would truly become the spiritual lung of Catholicism on an integral mission of Africa and beyond We therefore affirm at this congress unfailing desire to accompany the church family of God in Africa by seeking together the ways and means through which Africa theology pastoral plans and projects in our dioceses parishes religious communities catholic social agencies and all channels of evangelism in the continent he said He expressed dismay that the hopes of their fathers and mothers for the church and society in Africa was far from being realised Ilo noted that things were getting worse as there was a growing gulf between their faith life rich and the poor in their church and society He also noted that it was evident at the congress that the church and continent were facing signs of fragmentation and disconnection at both the level of intellectual and spiritual lives Ilo said that the congress observed that things continued to fall apart in the quality of life of Africans in spite of the fact that the continent had the highest growth rate in the Catholic Church He said the congress acknowledged that sometimes their theologies had been far removed from the contexts and had not helped to deepen the faith of their people and the transformation of society As members of the family of God in Africa we pray and resolve to form a pan African catholic theology and pastoral network that will meet biennially to assess our journey he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 700 participants including clerics laity women and men as well as the youth from various African countries attended the conference which held in Enugu from Dec 5 to Dec 8 The theme of the congress is What must we do to perform the works of God The congress was convened by the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar SECAM established 50 years ago Edited by Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    Catholic Congress recommends dialogical approach for church reformation in Africa
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    Catholic Congress recommends dialogical approach for church reformation in Africa

    The Pan African Catholic Congress has resolved to use dialogical approach for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions in Africa by identifying with the downtrodden.

    The conference made the resolution in a communiqué issued in Enugu on Monday at the end of the first ever Pan African Catholic Congress held in the state by the church.

    The principal convener of the conference, Rev. Fr. Stan Ilo signed the communiqué which was read by the Chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee, Rev. Fr. Ifeanyi Enwerem.

    Ilo explained that dialogical approach included doing theology through the experience of women and other marginalised group, enculturation and being in dialogue with other religions present in Africa, social science and other disciplines.

    He noted that dialogical approach demanded reading, understanding, interpreting and responding to the signs of the times adding that they declared the commitment to be with God’s people in their places of fear, pain, joy and hope.

    The professor of Theology said that they gathered to reflect on the future of the church in Africa and their roles as theologians and scholars in developing the prophetic role of the gospel in the continent.

    Ilo said that the congress created a sacred space of palaver where it celebrated and shared in the joy filled stories of their people’s faith in Christ, manifestation of love to one another, the hopes and dreams of their youths.

    He pointed out that the anxieties of the people and the groans of one another in Africa, for many lives being lost through avoidable deaths, preventable wars, food insecurity, immigration, endemic diseases and poverty continued to take a huge toll on Africa.

    We propose a new way of pastoral praxis in Africa. This entails a vision of shared leadership, participatory ministries, pastoral solidarity, mutual sharing in each other’s talent and gifts beyond the present clerical, hierarchical and patriarchal structure and system.

    We propose a dialogical praxis between church and society; to do this, we must develop among other things, greater historical consciousness and deepen our understanding of the contemporary cultural, religious, socio-political and economic realities of our people as well as deepening our understanding of the traditions of our church.

    We identify with the cries of God’s people in their continent, the poor, the voiceless, the marginalized, the unloved and the forgotten.

    We commit ourselves to work with the church leaders and peoples in the search for concrete and transformative proposals for the renewal and reform of the church and her institutions.

    We identify with the plan of the church in Africa to realise the goal of missionary conversion set out by Pope Francis so that the church in Africa would truly become the spiritual lung of Catholicism on an integral mission of Africa and beyond.

    We, therefore, affirm at this congress unfailing desire to accompany the church family of God in Africa by seeking together the ways and means through which Africa theology, pastoral plans and projects in our dioceses, parishes, religious communities, catholic social agencies and all channels of evangelism in the continent,” he said.

    He expressed dismay that the hopes of their fathers and mothers for the church and society in Africa was far from being realised.

    Ilo noted that things were getting worse as there was a growing gulf between their faith, life, rich and the poor in their church and society.

    He also noted that it was evident at the congress that the church and continent were facing signs of fragmentation and disconnection at both the level of intellectual and spiritual lives.

    Ilo said that the congress,  observed that things continued to fall apart in the quality of life of Africans in spite of the fact that the continent had the highest growth rate in the Catholic Church.

    He said the congress acknowledged that sometimes their theologies had been far removed from the contexts and had not helped to deepen the faith of their people and the transformation of society.

    As members of the family of God in Africa, we pray and resolve to form a pan African catholic theology and pastoral network that will meet biennially to assess our journey,” he said.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 700 participants including clerics, laity, women and men as well as the youth from various African countries attended the conference which held in Enugu from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8.

    The theme of the congress is `What must we do to perform the works of God’.

    The congress was convened by the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) established 50 years ago.

    Edited by: Maureen Atuonwu
    (NAN)

     

     

     

     

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