“While we bemoan the plight of our people everywhere, we also call for renewed courage and trust in our omnipotent, loving and merciful God,” SECAM members say in their message shared with ACI Africa.
Making reference to St. Paul's counsel to the Thessalonians, the Bishops invite the people of God in Africa to “turn to God our Father today, 29th July 2021 and on 1st August 2021 to thank Him for his sustained blessings and protection, for the gift of one another, the gift of mother Africa and the gift of our Catholic faith.”
“Let us also solemnly beseech him for the end of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) so too violence, torture, kidnapping and other crimes committed by individuals and groups in Africa and beyond,” they implore.
Cardinal Ouédraogo presided over the Eucharistic celebration to mark SECAM Day July 29.
In their goodwill message, SECAM leadership appeals for “financial and material support for SECAM this year, 2021.”
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“We are also profoundly grateful to our brother Bishops, the Clergy, consecrated persons and lay members of the Church Family of God in Africa and the Islands for their commitment to Evangelization in all its forms, in spite of the prevailing trials on different fronts,” they say.
The Bishops also “recognize and appreciate the efforts that have been made since 2020 by respective governments on the continent and the Islands to contain the vicious spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we encourage the leaders to continue working hard to protect the health of our population.”
“We also thank all the people, including Priests and consecrated persons who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick,” Catholic Bishops in Africa further say.
They also say that they “are indebted to all those within and outside Africa and the Islands who have shown solidarity with us and supported the Symposium over the past year. We are equally grateful to all those who, with dedication and diligence, keep SECAM running.”
“To all our brothers and sisters in Africa, Madagascar, the islands and beyond, we say: your generosity broadens SECAM's mission, increases its influence, and helps us to serve the Church and society better,” the leadership of SECAM says.
“May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Africa, and Saint Joseph Patron of the Universal Church, Intercede for the Symposium. Amen,” Catholic Bishops in Africa implore in their 2021 SECAM Day message shared with ACI Africa.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.