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  •  The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM has urged African leaders to unite in confronting the security challenges on the continent The SECAM composed of Catholic Bishops from the continent made the call during the 19th Assembly Plenary of the episcopal body held in Accra Ghana A statement issued by Fr Mike Umoh Director Social Communications Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja said that the Bishops also appealed to the international community for help in addressing the security challenges in Africa They noted that there s a connection between irregular migration to Europe and other parts of the world by African youth and the recurring conflicts in the continent Several regions of our continent are experiencing insecurity due to socio political instability violence poverty weak health structures insurgency Also terrorism exploitation of religion for political purposes and lack of respect for the environment and good governance These situations are causes of anxiety for our people This is why we are sending a message to all people of goodwill to help put an end to them the Bishops said They particularly urged African political leaders to check the migration of the continent s youths to other parts of the world The social and political stakeholders as well as decision makers have a heavy responsibility in the management of our countries We urge them to continue to do their utmost to fight insecurity for our people and Africa We also urge foreign forces to get involved in fighting this insecurity and in building lasting peace and security on the African continent They said it was important to put in place structures and conditions that will discourage conflicts and irregular migration These they said could be achieved through good governance social justice social inclusion employment and fighting insecurity The Bishops appealed to young people seeking to migrate to do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Catholic Bishops urge African countries to unite in tackling insecurity
     The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM has urged African leaders to unite in confronting the security challenges on the continent The SECAM composed of Catholic Bishops from the continent made the call during the 19th Assembly Plenary of the episcopal body held in Accra Ghana A statement issued by Fr Mike Umoh Director Social Communications Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja said that the Bishops also appealed to the international community for help in addressing the security challenges in Africa They noted that there s a connection between irregular migration to Europe and other parts of the world by African youth and the recurring conflicts in the continent Several regions of our continent are experiencing insecurity due to socio political instability violence poverty weak health structures insurgency Also terrorism exploitation of religion for political purposes and lack of respect for the environment and good governance These situations are causes of anxiety for our people This is why we are sending a message to all people of goodwill to help put an end to them the Bishops said They particularly urged African political leaders to check the migration of the continent s youths to other parts of the world The social and political stakeholders as well as decision makers have a heavy responsibility in the management of our countries We urge them to continue to do their utmost to fight insecurity for our people and Africa We also urge foreign forces to get involved in fighting this insecurity and in building lasting peace and security on the African continent They said it was important to put in place structures and conditions that will discourage conflicts and irregular migration These they said could be achieved through good governance social justice social inclusion employment and fighting insecurity The Bishops appealed to young people seeking to migrate to do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Catholic Bishops urge African countries to unite in tackling insecurity
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    Catholic Bishops urge African countries to unite in tackling insecurity

    The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has urged African leaders to unite in confronting the security challenges on the continent.

    The SECAM, composed of Catholic Bishops from the continent, made the call during the 19th Assembly Plenary of the episcopal body held in Accra, Ghana.

    A statement issued by Fr Mike Umoh, Director Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, said that the Bishops also appealed to the international community for help in addressing the security challenges in Africa.

    They noted that there’s a connection between irregular migration to Europe and other parts of the world by African youth and the recurring conflicts in the continent.

    “Several regions of our continent are experiencing insecurity due to socio-political instability, violence, poverty, weak health structures, insurgency.

    “Also terrorism, exploitation of religion for political purposes, and lack of respect for the environment and good governance.

    “These situations are causes of anxiety for our people.

    This is why we are sending a message to all people of goodwill to help put an end to them,” the Bishops said.

    They particularly urged African political leaders to check the migration of the continent’s youths to other parts of the world.

    “The social and political stakeholders, as well as decision-makers, have a heavy responsibility in the management of our countries.

    “We urge them to continue to do their utmost to fight insecurity for our people and Africa.

    “We also urge foreign forces to get involved in fighting this insecurity and in building lasting peace and security on the African continent.

    ” They said it was important to put in place structures and conditions that will discourage conflicts and irregular migration.

    These, they said, could be achieved through good governance, social justice, social inclusion, employment and fighting insecurity.

    The Bishops appealed to young people seeking to migrate, “to do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   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 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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr new president of SECAM https bit ly 3zJDFPd See the B roll https bit ly 3BLFay7
    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
      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 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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr new president of SECAM https bit ly 3zJDFPd See the B roll https bit ly 3BLFay7
    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Africa4 months ago

    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected

    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.

    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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, new president of SECAM: https://bit.ly/3zJDFPd See the B-roll: https://bit.ly/3BLFay7

  •   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 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 Access the B roll and the information sheet https bit ly 3zp1BWG
    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
      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 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 Access the B roll and the information sheet https bit ly 3zp1BWG
    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Africa4 months ago

    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected

    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.

    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 Access the B-roll and the information sheet : https://bit.ly/3zp1BWG.

  •   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 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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr new president of SECAM https bit ly 3zi4xok See the B roll https bit ly 3S8725b
    Photographic press release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
      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 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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr new president of SECAM https bit ly 3zi4xok See the B roll https bit ly 3S8725b
    Photographic press release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Africa4 months ago

    Photographic press release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected

    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.

    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 with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, new president of SECAM: https://bit.ly/3zi4xok See the B-roll: https://bit.ly/3S8725b

  •   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 Ou draogo 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 years 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 Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt AHCE Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa AMECEA Episcopal Conferences of the Indian Ocean CEDOI Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa CERNA Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa IMBISA Meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Western Africa RECOWA CERAO 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
    Elected new Head of the Catholic Church in Africa
      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 Ou draogo 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 years 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 Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt AHCE Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa AMECEA Episcopal Conferences of the Indian Ocean CEDOI Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa CERNA Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa IMBISA Meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Western Africa RECOWA CERAO 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
    Elected new Head of the Catholic Church in Africa
    Africa4 months ago

    Elected new Head of the Catholic Church in Africa

    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.

    years.

    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).

    - Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (AHCE).

    - Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

    - Episcopal Conferences of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI).

    - Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA).

    - Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

    - Meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Western Africa (RECOWA/CERAO).

    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)

  •   SIGNIS Africa www SIGNIS net Congress and Assembly of Delegates Convened in Kigali Rwanda from July 11 to 15 Preamble We the members of SIGNIS Africa gathered as Catholic communication professionals in Africa with gratitude to God have deliberated on the theme Communication Synodality and Church in Africa This theme stemmed from the ongoing synodal path of the universal Church announced by the Holy Father Pope Francis The process is rooted in the path of communion the active participation and collaboration of all Christ s faithful in the mission of saving souls and achieving eternal salvation The focus of the Assembly was to outline viable ways to encourage unity in the journey of faith on the African continent through various means of communication The event was attended by participants from our various African countries Acknowledging with gratitude the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Antoine Kambanda Archbishop of Kigali Bishop Filippe Rukamba of the Diocese of Butare President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda Bishop Edouard Sinayobye of the Diocese of Cyangugu President of the Episcopal Commission for Communication of Rwanda Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Diocese of Oyo Nigeria President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Affairs Communications CEPACS and Bro Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi Minister of Local Administration of Rwanda Thanking the presence of Msgr Janvier Yameogo of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City Fr Dr Paul Samasumo Vice President of SIGNIS World and staff member of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City Rev Mr Prof Dominic Dipio of Makerere University Uganda and Rev Fr Bernardo Suate staff member of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City and former Director of SIGNIS Services in Rome Moved by the testimonies shared with us and our visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center we pledge to always use the media to promote a culture of peace Inspired by the rapid infrastructure and technological and social development in Rwanda a few years after the tragic events of the genocide we believe that a new and better Africa is possible Despite how short our stay was we gained useful insights and learned deep lessons about the Rwandan nation Inform all SIGNIS Africa members that the so far interim constitution of SIGNIS Africa signed in 2019 at the SIGNIS Africa Congress in Addis Ababa has been ratified and adopted as the substantive legal document to guide and regulate the operations of the association Encouraged by the ratification elections were held based on the new constitution for the new board of directors of SIGNIS Africa The following officers were duly elected by secret ballot for the next four year term Rev Father Prof Walter Ihejirika Nigeria President Rev Father Alberto Buque Mozambique Vice President Rev Father Dieu Donne Kofi Davor Ghana Secretary General Treasurer Rev Fr Webb Amouzou C te d Ivoire Member RECOWA region Hna Adelaide Ndilu Kenya Member AMCEA region Rev Father Fidele Mutambazi Rwanda Member ACEAC region Brother Alfonce Kugwa Zimbabwe Member IMBISA region Synod on Synodality In his opening address Bishop Badejo stated that the ongoing Universal Church Synod on Synodality is a communication project that challenges media professionals in Africa to devise practical ways to give a voice to those marginalized by some of our ecclesiastical structures and in society in general This calls us to a new way of being Church Delegates were further enlightened on the need to see the media as a true and viable evangelization tool the effective use of which will help the Church fulfill its missionary mandate Matthew 28 18 20 Acts 1 8 In the various sessions and presentations the participants were enlightened on the worrying realities of the division in the African continent that has had catastrophic consequences that adversely affect the well being of God s people recommendations At the end of our Congress and Assembly of Delegates the members of SIGNIS Africa raised these concerns and recommendations We advance the following recommendations Namely To African Catholic Communicators In the spirit of synodality all Catholic communication structures in Africa must prioritize introspection and achieve a more inclusive and participatory Church This also means bringing more women and youth into our governance structures All Catholic communicators on the continent must be constantly aware that listening is essential Walking together in synodality implies listening on a deeper level to all people without prejudice We recommend that all national episcopal conferences adopt the Nigerian and Burkina Faso model of commemorating World Communication Day for a whole week instead of celebrating one day The week long commemoration distributed in parishes can be used for media education and various awareness raising activities in Church communications Social communication is the servant of the evangelizing mission of the Church As Catholic communicators in Africa we renew our availability as communicators at the parish diocesan national regional and continental levels to further the mission of the Church Our call is for the Church in general to adopt and incorporate social communications in all pastoral activities Synodality is about respectfully approaching the other We encourage our Catholic communicators in Africa to learn more than one international language and cultivate a spirit of networking This will help build bridges foster the exchange of media projects and ensure efficient engagement in our service to the Church and humanity To African society in general We continue to watch with anguish and utter disapproval the unprovoked relentless and senseless attacks kidnappings and killings against defenseless citizens and in particular Christians in many African countries such as Nigeria and Burkina Faso indeed the entire Sahel region We strongly urge African governments to achieve sanity and security In building the new Africa we want African governments groups and individuals must strive to transcend the artificial land borders to which the legacies of colonialism have subjected the continent Now is the time to pursue all the lofty ideals of connectivity that the African Union has often talked about but rarely implemented As Africans we are proud of our identity we celebrate and promote our values and esteem our dignity as people of noble heritage This is a mantra worth promoting in our schools churches and communities conclusion The members of SIGNIS Africa thank God for the success of this Congress Thanks to all the communicators who sacrificed themselves to attend this important meeting Our hosts Rwanda exceeded our expectations and we thank the Bishops of the Rwandan Episcopal Conference for their support and encouragement We thank all the groups and individuals who have contributed to the success of this Congress We remain indebted to the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith which over the years has partnered with and accompanied our communication projects by providing much needed funding Finally we wish success to the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM in its next Assembly in Accra Ghana We pray for God s fatherly blessings and guidance on all his people in Africa and the world We entrust all our communication efforts to the intercession of Our Lady of Kibeho Delivered today July 15 2022 and Signed by Rev Father Prof Walter C Ihejirika President SIGNIS Africa
    Catholic Association for Communication: SIGNIS Africa Congress and Assembly of Delegates convened in Kigali, Rwanda, July 11-15
      SIGNIS Africa www SIGNIS net Congress and Assembly of Delegates Convened in Kigali Rwanda from July 11 to 15 Preamble We the members of SIGNIS Africa gathered as Catholic communication professionals in Africa with gratitude to God have deliberated on the theme Communication Synodality and Church in Africa This theme stemmed from the ongoing synodal path of the universal Church announced by the Holy Father Pope Francis The process is rooted in the path of communion the active participation and collaboration of all Christ s faithful in the mission of saving souls and achieving eternal salvation The focus of the Assembly was to outline viable ways to encourage unity in the journey of faith on the African continent through various means of communication The event was attended by participants from our various African countries Acknowledging with gratitude the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Antoine Kambanda Archbishop of Kigali Bishop Filippe Rukamba of the Diocese of Butare President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda Bishop Edouard Sinayobye of the Diocese of Cyangugu President of the Episcopal Commission for Communication of Rwanda Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Diocese of Oyo Nigeria President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Affairs Communications CEPACS and Bro Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi Minister of Local Administration of Rwanda Thanking the presence of Msgr Janvier Yameogo of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City Fr Dr Paul Samasumo Vice President of SIGNIS World and staff member of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City Rev Mr Prof Dominic Dipio of Makerere University Uganda and Rev Fr Bernardo Suate staff member of the Dicastery for Communication Vatican City and former Director of SIGNIS Services in Rome Moved by the testimonies shared with us and our visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center we pledge to always use the media to promote a culture of peace Inspired by the rapid infrastructure and technological and social development in Rwanda a few years after the tragic events of the genocide we believe that a new and better Africa is possible Despite how short our stay was we gained useful insights and learned deep lessons about the Rwandan nation Inform all SIGNIS Africa members that the so far interim constitution of SIGNIS Africa signed in 2019 at the SIGNIS Africa Congress in Addis Ababa has been ratified and adopted as the substantive legal document to guide and regulate the operations of the association Encouraged by the ratification elections were held based on the new constitution for the new board of directors of SIGNIS Africa The following officers were duly elected by secret ballot for the next four year term Rev Father Prof Walter Ihejirika Nigeria President Rev Father Alberto Buque Mozambique Vice President Rev Father Dieu Donne Kofi Davor Ghana Secretary General Treasurer Rev Fr Webb Amouzou C te d Ivoire Member RECOWA region Hna Adelaide Ndilu Kenya Member AMCEA region Rev Father Fidele Mutambazi Rwanda Member ACEAC region Brother Alfonce Kugwa Zimbabwe Member IMBISA region Synod on Synodality In his opening address Bishop Badejo stated that the ongoing Universal Church Synod on Synodality is a communication project that challenges media professionals in Africa to devise practical ways to give a voice to those marginalized by some of our ecclesiastical structures and in society in general This calls us to a new way of being Church Delegates were further enlightened on the need to see the media as a true and viable evangelization tool the effective use of which will help the Church fulfill its missionary mandate Matthew 28 18 20 Acts 1 8 In the various sessions and presentations the participants were enlightened on the worrying realities of the division in the African continent that has had catastrophic consequences that adversely affect the well being of God s people recommendations At the end of our Congress and Assembly of Delegates the members of SIGNIS Africa raised these concerns and recommendations We advance the following recommendations Namely To African Catholic Communicators In the spirit of synodality all Catholic communication structures in Africa must prioritize introspection and achieve a more inclusive and participatory Church This also means bringing more women and youth into our governance structures All Catholic communicators on the continent must be constantly aware that listening is essential Walking together in synodality implies listening on a deeper level to all people without prejudice We recommend that all national episcopal conferences adopt the Nigerian and Burkina Faso model of commemorating World Communication Day for a whole week instead of celebrating one day The week long commemoration distributed in parishes can be used for media education and various awareness raising activities in Church communications Social communication is the servant of the evangelizing mission of the Church As Catholic communicators in Africa we renew our availability as communicators at the parish diocesan national regional and continental levels to further the mission of the Church Our call is for the Church in general to adopt and incorporate social communications in all pastoral activities Synodality is about respectfully approaching the other We encourage our Catholic communicators in Africa to learn more than one international language and cultivate a spirit of networking This will help build bridges foster the exchange of media projects and ensure efficient engagement in our service to the Church and humanity To African society in general We continue to watch with anguish and utter disapproval the unprovoked relentless and senseless attacks kidnappings and killings against defenseless citizens and in particular Christians in many African countries such as Nigeria and Burkina Faso indeed the entire Sahel region We strongly urge African governments to achieve sanity and security In building the new Africa we want African governments groups and individuals must strive to transcend the artificial land borders to which the legacies of colonialism have subjected the continent Now is the time to pursue all the lofty ideals of connectivity that the African Union has often talked about but rarely implemented As Africans we are proud of our identity we celebrate and promote our values and esteem our dignity as people of noble heritage This is a mantra worth promoting in our schools churches and communities conclusion The members of SIGNIS Africa thank God for the success of this Congress Thanks to all the communicators who sacrificed themselves to attend this important meeting Our hosts Rwanda exceeded our expectations and we thank the Bishops of the Rwandan Episcopal Conference for their support and encouragement We thank all the groups and individuals who have contributed to the success of this Congress We remain indebted to the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith which over the years has partnered with and accompanied our communication projects by providing much needed funding Finally we wish success to the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM in its next Assembly in Accra Ghana We pray for God s fatherly blessings and guidance on all his people in Africa and the world We entrust all our communication efforts to the intercession of Our Lady of Kibeho Delivered today July 15 2022 and Signed by Rev Father Prof Walter C Ihejirika President SIGNIS Africa
    Catholic Association for Communication: SIGNIS Africa Congress and Assembly of Delegates convened in Kigali, Rwanda, July 11-15
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    Catholic Association for Communication: SIGNIS Africa Congress and Assembly of Delegates convened in Kigali, Rwanda, July 11-15

    SIGNIS Africa (www.SIGNIS.net) Congress and Assembly of Delegates Convened in Kigali, Rwanda, from July 11 to 15.

    Preamble

    We, the members of SIGNIS Africa gathered as Catholic communication professionals in Africa, with gratitude to God, have deliberated on the theme: "Communication, Synodality and Church in Africa". This theme stemmed from the ongoing synodal path of the universal Church announced by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The process is rooted in the path of communion, the active participation and collaboration of all Christ's faithful in the mission of saving souls and achieving eternal salvation. The focus of the Assembly was to outline viable ways to encourage unity in the journey of faith on the African continent through various means of communication. The event was attended by participants from our various African countries.

    Acknowledging with gratitude the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Antoine Kambanda, Archbishop of Kigali; Bishop Filippe Rukamba of the Diocese of Butare, President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda; Bishop Edouard Sinayobye of the Diocese of Cyangugu, President of the Episcopal Commission for Communication of Rwanda; Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria, President of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Affairs

    Communications (CEPACS), and Bro. Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, Minister of Local Administration of Rwanda.

    Thanking the presence of Msgr. Janvier Yameogo of the Dicastery for Communication, Vatican City; Fr. Dr. Paul Samasumo, Vice President of SIGNIS World and staff member of the Dicastery for Communication, Vatican City; Rev. Mr. Prof. Dominic Dipio of Makerere University, Uganda, and Rev. Fr. Bernardo Suate, staff member of the Dicastery for Communication, Vatican City and former Director of SIGNIS Services in Rome.

    Moved by the testimonies shared with us and our visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, we pledge to always use the media to promote a culture of peace.

    Inspired by the rapid infrastructure and technological and social development in Rwanda, a few years after the tragic events of the genocide, we believe that a new and better Africa is possible. Despite how short our stay was, we gained useful insights and learned deep lessons about the Rwandan nation.

    Inform all SIGNIS Africa members that the so far interim constitution of SIGNIS-Africa signed in 2019 at the SIGNIS Africa Congress in Addis Ababa has been ratified and adopted as the substantive legal document to guide and regulate the operations of the association.

    Encouraged by the ratification, elections were held based on the new constitution for the new board of directors of SIGNIS Africa. The following officers were duly elected by secret ballot for the next four-year term:

    Rev. Father. Prof. Walter Ihejirika, Nigeria – President

    Rev. Father. Alberto Buque, Mozambique –Vice President

    Rev. Father. Dieu-Donne Kofi Davor, Ghana – Secretary General/Treasurer Rev. Fr. Webb Amouzou, Côte d'Ivoire – Member (RECOWA region)

    Hna. Adelaide Ndilu, Kenya – Member (AMCEA region)

    Rev. Father. Fidele Mutambazi, Rwanda – Member (ACEAC region)

    Brother Alfonce Kugwa, Zimbabwe - Member (IMBISA region)

    Synod on Synodality

    In his opening address, Bishop Badejo stated that the ongoing Universal Church Synod on Synodality is a communication project that challenges media professionals in Africa to devise practical ways to give a voice to those marginalized by some of our ecclesiastical structures and in society in general. This calls us to a new way of being Church.

    Delegates were further enlightened on the need to see the media as a true and viable evangelization tool, the effective use of which will help the Church fulfill its missionary mandate (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

    In the various sessions and presentations, the participants were enlightened on the worrying realities of the division in the African continent that has had catastrophic consequences that adversely affect the well-being of God's people.

    recommendations

    At the end of our Congress and Assembly of Delegates, the members of SIGNIS Africa raised these concerns and recommendations:

    We advance the following recommendations. Namely,

    To African Catholic Communicators

    In the spirit of synodality, all Catholic communication structures in Africa must prioritize introspection and achieve a more inclusive and participatory Church. This also means bringing more women and youth into our governance structures. All Catholic communicators on the continent must be constantly aware that listening is essential. Walking together in synodality implies listening on a deeper level to all people without prejudice. We recommend that all national episcopal conferences adopt the Nigerian and Burkina Faso model of commemorating World Communication Day for a whole week instead of celebrating one day. The week-long commemoration distributed in parishes can be used for media education and various awareness-raising activities in Church communications. Social communication is the servant of the evangelizing mission of the Church. As Catholic communicators in Africa, we renew our availability as communicators at the parish, diocesan, national, regional and continental levels to further the mission of the Church. Our call is for the Church in general to adopt and incorporate social communications in all pastoral activities. Synodality is about respectfully approaching the other. We encourage our Catholic communicators in Africa to learn more than one international language and cultivate a spirit of networking. This will help build bridges, foster the exchange of media projects, and ensure efficient engagement in our service to the Church and humanity.

    To African society in general

    We continue to watch with anguish and utter disapproval the unprovoked, relentless and senseless attacks, kidnappings and killings against defenseless citizens and in particular Christians in many African countries such as Nigeria and Burkina Faso, indeed the entire Sahel region. We strongly urge African governments to achieve sanity and security. In building the new Africa we want, African governments, groups and individuals must strive to transcend the artificial land borders to which the legacies of colonialism have subjected the continent. Now is the time to pursue all the lofty ideals of connectivity that the African Union has often talked about but rarely implemented. As Africans, we are proud of our identity, we celebrate and promote our values ​​and esteem our dignity as people of noble heritage. This is a mantra worth promoting in our schools, churches, and communities.

    conclusion

    The members of SIGNIS Africa thank God for the success of this Congress. Thanks to all the communicators who sacrificed themselves to attend this important meeting. Our hosts, Rwanda, exceeded our expectations and we thank the Bishops of the Rwandan Episcopal Conference for their support and encouragement. We thank all the groups and individuals who have contributed to the success of this Congress. We remain indebted to the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, which, over the years, has partnered with and accompanied our communication projects by providing much-needed funding.

    Finally, we wish success to the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in its next Assembly in Accra, Ghana. We pray for God's fatherly blessings and guidance on all his people in Africa and the world. We entrust all our communication efforts to the intercession of Our Lady of Kibeho.

    Delivered today, July 15, 2022 and Signed by:

    Rev. Father. Prof. Walter C. Ihejirika President, SIGNIS Africa

  •   APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release bit ly 3LTcjZU B roll and sound bites can be downloaded here https bit ly 3GsWaJK
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      APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release bit ly 3LTcjZU B roll and sound bites can be downloaded here https bit ly 3GsWaJK
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    Africa7 months ago

    B-roll Video Release: APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness

    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African press release distribution and communications consulting service, and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa (Holy See) (www.Vatican.va).

    By working with SECAM, the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa, Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church, helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa's 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora. It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience.

    The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) to ensure that the Church's communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond.

    The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM, the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Oyo (Nigeria), President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican. Dicastery for Communications, Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo, official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, and Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and President of the APO Group.

    While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world, they are increasing rapidly in Africa.

    Read the full press release: bit.ly/3LTcjZU

    B-roll and sound bites can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/3GsWaJK

  •   APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release bit ly 3LTcjZU B roll and sound bites can be downloaded here https bit ly 3GsWaJK
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      APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release bit ly 3LTcjZU B roll and sound bites can be downloaded here https bit ly 3GsWaJK
    Radio News Release (Soundbite): APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness
    Africa7 months ago

    Radio News Release (Soundbite): APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness

    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African press release distribution and communications consulting service, and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa (Holy See) (www.Vatican.va).

    By working with SECAM, the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa, Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church, helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa's 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora. It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience.

    The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) to ensure that the Church's communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond.

    The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM, the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Oyo (Nigeria), President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican. Dicastery for Communications, Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo, official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, and Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and President of the APO Group.

    While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world, they are increasing rapidly in Africa.

    Read the full press release: bit.ly/3LTcjZU

    B-roll and sound bites can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/3GsWaJK

  •   APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release https bit ly 3LTcjZU
    Photo News Release: APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness
      APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consulting service and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM www SECAM org today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa Holy See www Vatican va By working with SECAM the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa s 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications CEPACS to ensure that the Church s communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ou draogo Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo Bishop of Oyo Nigeria President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications and Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and President of the APO Group While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world they are increasing rapidly in Africa Read the full press release https bit ly 3LTcjZU
    Photo News Release: APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness
    Africa7 months ago

    Photo News Release: APO Group partners with the Catholic Church in Africa to provide comprehensive Public Relations support towards greater pastoral effectiveness

    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African press release distribution and communications consulting service, and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), today announced an association aimed at providing extensive media and public relations support to the Catholic Church in Africa (Holy See) (www.Vatican.va).

    By working with SECAM, the institution that coordinates the pastoral work of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Africa, Grupo APO will bring greater cohesion to the communications strategy of the Church, helping to convey the central messages of the Holy Father and the Holy Home to Africa's 251 million Catholics who stretch far and wide in the African diaspora. It will also publish and present news and information about the life of the Church in Africa to a global audience.

    The project is carried out in collaboration with the Vatican Dicastery for Communications in Rome and the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) to ensure that the Church's communication strategies and initiatives are disseminated in Africa and beyond.

    The association was formalized on Tuesday during a signing ceremony at the Vatican in Rome by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of SECAM, the Very Reverend Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Oyo (Nigeria), President of CEPACS and member of the Vatican. Dicastery for Communications, Monsignor Janvier Marie Gustave Yameogo, official of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, and Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and President of the APO Group.

    While Catholic populations are declining in many parts of the world, they are increasing rapidly in Africa.

    Read the full press release: https://bit.ly/3LTcjZU

  •   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
    Africa10 months ago

    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.

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