The Catholic Bishops who came from the eight regional associations elected Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the first Vice President of SECAM.
The three members of SECAM’s Standing Committee represent the anglophone, francophone and lusophone regions of the continental symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa.
The eight regional associations of SECAM include the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC), the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa Region (ACERAC), and the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO).
Other regional associations are the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (AHCE), the Regional Episcopal Conferences of North Africa (CERNA), Madagascar and Episcopal Conferences of Indian Ocean (CEDOI), and the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).
In the Vatican News report published August 8, Archbishop Saúre said the re-election of his compatriot “reaffirms the trust” Catholic Bishops in Africa have in him, and added, “We congratulate Bishop Lúcio and we wish him well.”
“We pray that together we can strengthen the Church in Mozambique”, the Mozambican member of the Institute of Consolata Missionaries (IMC) said.
“Together we can strengthen the family of God” in IMBISA, the Archbishop said in reference to the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa.
The Mozambican Archbishop went on to recall the deliberations of the delegations of the July 25 – August 1 Plenary Assembly of SECAM, saying the sessions addressed issues related to security and migration in Africa and its Islands, the Ownership of SECAM in the spirit of synodality.
“The Bishops were encouraged to put synodality into practice, that is the Pope’s theme for the next Synod of Bishops. The Bishops were also encouraged to walk together as an African Church in the midst of our diversities”, Archbishop Saúre said.
Archbishop Saúre added, “We are happy with the outcomes of the plenary. Bishops from the eight regional associations are quite happy to leave this context of synodality throughout the continent as one united Church.”