Luanda, 19 April, 2020 / 4:12 am (ACI Africa).
At the celebration of 53 years since the establishment of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST), members of the two-nation body have sought to renew their commitment to the ministry of integral evangelization including partnerships with their respective governments in providing social services to the people of God.
“The celebration of these 53 years is a time to strengthen our commitment to the transmission of faith,” the spokesman of CEAST, Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti have been quoted as telling Vatican News.
He added, “It is important that the Church continues to celebrate history and 53 years are to remember and celebrate and from there continue the journey of announcing the Christian message, not only focusing on the work that the bishops have done but also going out to others.”
“CEAST, better known by the faithful, both in its action and in its intervention, is what is intended today as we celebrate 53 years,” the 51-year-old Angolan Prelate said.
The April 15 anniversary celebration was also an opportunity for the Bishops to highlight the role of the Church in the struggle for independence, peace and consolidation of democracy in the country.