The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), the association of Catholic bishops of Africa, Madagascar and the Islands, is organizing its 19e Plenary Assembly of 25e July 2022 to 1st August 2022 in Accra, Ghana. The Plenary Assembly of the Symposium is held every three years.
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Saturday July 30eSECAM will elect its new President.
The President of SECAM is the highest official of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa.
The outgoing President of SECAM is His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, of Burkina Faso.
SECAM, created in 1969 in Kampala, Uganda, during the visit of Saint Pope Paul VI, was born from the desire of the African Catholic bishops present at the Second Vatican Council to speak with one voice on questions relating to the Church in Africa.
The Symposium, headquartered in Accra, is made up 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 West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO).
More information on the 19e SECAM Plenary Assembly: https://bit.ly/3yIv8KD
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About the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM):
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org) was born from the will of the African bishops at the time of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they wanted to establish a forum to talk about a single voice on matters relating to the Church in Africa and Madagascar. SECAM is thus the continental episcopal structure of the Church Family of God in Africa which includes:
505 dioceses grouped into 38 national or interterritorial episcopal conferences and has nearly 250 million Catholic faithful.
SECAM was launched on July 31, 1969 during the visit of His Holiness Pope Paul VI to Kampala (Uganda). The headquarters/secretariat of SECAM is in Accra, (Ghana) and a specific office is established in Nairobi (Kenya) for the translation of the Bible into African languages and its distribution in Africa and Madagascar. Furthermore, SECAM is an observer to the African Union and is represented by the Cardinal Archbishop of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of SECAM (July 1969 – July 2019) a pastoral exhortation entitled “The Kampala Document” and entitled: “Church Family of God in Africa, Celebrate Your Jubilee. Welcome Christ your Saviour” was promulgated by the pastors of Africa to the People of God and to men and women of good will.
After the celebration of this golden jubilee of SECAM, a new chapter opens for the Church Family of God in Africa. A “new Africa”, more centered on God whose members become Salt of the earth and Light of the world (Mt 5, 13-14; KD N° 22, 133) to accompany the hopes and anxieties of the peoples and direct them towards Jesus Christ the True Liberator of Mankind
In 1973, the bishops of SECAM created an episcopal commission for communications composed of bishops in charge of communications in the 8 regions at the request of the delegates of the regions. This was supported by the Pontifical Commission for Communications and thus was born the Pan-African Episcopal Commission for Communication known by its French acronym, CEPACS: Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communication. The Commission represents SECAM in matters of communications and is itself represented before SECAM by its Presiding Bishop, who is currently Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.
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