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Symposium of Bishops’ Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will hold its 19th Plenary Session from 25 July 2022 to 1 August 2022 in Accra, Ghana

Symposium of the Bishops’ Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), association of Catholic Bishops of Africa, Madagascar and Islands, will hold 19th Plenary Session of 25th July 2022 to 1st August 2022 in Accra, Ghana (Plenary Assembly Symposium held every three years).

This year’s Plenary Session with the theme: “SECAM ownership; Security and Migration in Africa and the Archipelago,” must first focus on the implications of ownership for its members

Disturbed by the many conflicts on the African continent, which resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people, the Catholic Bishops, secondly, considered security indispensable to building a “new God-centered Africa”, as expressed in the Kampala Document, released after the SECAM Golden Jubilee in 1999. 2019.

SECAM, founded in 1969 in Kampala, Uganda during the visit of St. Pope Paul VI, born of the desire of the African Catholic Bishops present at the Second Vatican Council to speak with one voice on matters relating to the Church in Africa

The Symposium, headquartered in Accra, consists of eight regional associations:

  • Association of Central African Bishops’ Conferences (ACEAC);
  • Association of Central African Regional Episcopal Conferences (ACERAC);
  • Egyptian Catholic Hierarchal Assembly (AHCE);
  • Association of East African Member Episcopal Conferences (AMECEA);
  • Indian Ocean Bishops’ Conference (CEDOI);
  • North Africa Regional Episcopal Conference (CERNA);
  • South African Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops (IMBISA);
  • West African Bishops’ Conference Reunion (RECOWA/CERAO).

SECAM carries out its pastoral involvement through two Commissions, namely: Evangelization and Justice, Peace and Development. To bring the voice of the Catholic Church to matters of good governance and sustainable development, and to promote servant leadership across continents and islands, SECAM was granted Observer Status in the African Union (AU) in 2015.

To encourage fellowship, the Symposium has three official languages: English, French and Portuguese, and its founding (referred to as SECAM Day) is celebrated on July 29.

Terwase Pastor Henry Akaabiam
Secretary General, SECAM

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About the Symposium of the Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM):
Symposium of the Bishops’ Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org) born out of the will of African bishops during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they wanted to form a forum to speak with one voice on issues related to the Church in Africa and Madagascar. SECAM is thus the episcopal, continental structure of the Family of God’s Church in Africa that counts:

The 505 dioceses are members of 38 national or interregional episcopal conferences and number nearly 250 million Catholics.

SECAM was launched on 31 July 1969 during the visit of His Holiness Pope Paul VI to Kampala (Uganda). SECAM’s headquarters/ secretariat is in Accra, (Ghana) and a special office was 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 of the African Union and is represented by 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 was promulgated by African clergy to the People of God and men and women of good will.

After this SECAM Golden Jubilee celebration, a new chapter opened for the Family of God’s Church in Africa. A “new Africa”, more centered on God whose members are the Salt of the earth and Light of the world (Mt 5, 13-14; KD N° 22, 133) to accompany people’s hopes and anxieties and direct them towards Jesus Christ the True Deliverer of the people man.

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Symposium of Bishops’ Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will hold its 19th Plenary Session from 25 July 2022 to 1 August 2022 in Accra, Ghana

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